Monday, April 30, 2012
Well there is bad news AND good news! So I'll start with the bad and end on a good note. Here's the air dried tub of plaster of paris. Note that there is a largish air hole in the middle. When I poured this second layer of thin plaster, I rushed it and didn't pay attention to air bubbles. Normally I'd gently shake the tub to allow bubbles to come to the surface and then pop them. Dried air holes mean holes in the plaster. Sometimes I take a small bit of wet plaster and coat the surface of the plasticine first and then pour the bulk of the plaster on top of that. In any event, this is what I have to work with.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
DRAWING CHALLENGE: hosted this week by: Patrice. Each week a new theme is posted, hosted by someone new, and everyone is welcome to join in! This is my first entry with the theme: E-A-R-T-H-L-Y.Yesterday I discovered a random tree growing in the boulevard in a forgotten and neglected section of the roadway near where I live. It would have been mowed right down with those huge lawnmower machines the City landscaping crew use so I tugged at it and it released easily into my hand. Attached to the lowest part of the stem (will become a trunk) was the split chestnut that had developed into the tree. I took it home and plunked it in a small jar of water for now. Then today I decided to draw a quick sketch of the tree on used tea bag paper so I propped the tree against the nearest object in front of the window where there is good light. I did a quick sketch and then added some colour with pencil crayons and watercolor. Here is the drawing.
Well the proof is in the pudding they say. Or, maybe it was tiger balm. We'll see. Here we have the fella on stilts so he is elevated for the pouring of the plaster of paris into a mold. It will be a two part mold so I pour the bottom layer in first up to about the middle of the head part. I think he is quite handsome at this angle.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Well I completed the sculpted head as far as I am going to complete him. It's supposed to be a girl but sure looks like a boy. It reminds me of that song from the 60s "Are you a girl?...or are you a boy? The first thing I saw when I got up this morning was this, waiting for me, looking very sad.
Friday, April 27, 2012
So it's back to sculpting and I'd originally planned to sculpt a face to make a mask really, to just sew on to a prim doll but once I got going I decided to make a full head with neck and shoulder area just like the old fashioned porcelein doll heads one sees in magazines. Here's the face as I left it two days ago.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Now I just need to pop this fella into an envelope and it is off to New York City!
Monday, April 23, 2012
This is the title of my newest painting in acrylic and mixed media. It is my 5" X 5" art piece in response to Seth's call for art.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
For some time now my fingers have been itching to do some sculpting. I love sculpting and haven't done it for such a long time. Years in fact. So when I came across this chunk of forgotten and abandoned work, I knew I had to get busy. This was going to be a puppet head and is a scary looking laughing character. It got very squished and very very dusty and even has my budgie bird feathers embedded into the plasticine. Overall, a very disgusting thing.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Diana's tears are of the same colour as her favourite flowers. this person's art was done using her non-dominant hand and that was like a firecracker under my behind. I jumped up, grabbed one of my arty type books that I rip apart to use for projects (it happened to be Romeo and Juliet) and a box of watercolors and some pencil crayons and I didn't move from the spot until I got this far in the drawing. It is enough to see what my non-dominant hand would produce. I like it. It's free and loose. I'll do more of this style in future. blog she features every Wednesday, artists from all around the world who show what is on their work desk. Thanks for dropping by! Be seeing you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma
Monday, April 9, 2012
Today I'm painting little buddha faces on to used tea bag paper with acrylic paint.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Today I am practicing painting buddha faces. I'm working small and just playing basically. I'd arrived at the point where I was happy with my results and ready to take a break and maybe pack up for the day. Laying on my art table were the throwaway bits and I was just about to scoop them into the garbage bin when I realized that I could pop them on to a rolodex card for an altered rolodex art card. So I grabbed a blank card and collaged the throwaway bits onto the card and then added a word and an edge of other throwaway paper that I keep in a small box ready for times like this. Here is one page of the rolodex card (untrimmed) and also the bit of printed transparency that my daughter threw away and I nabbed. This transparency will make up the larger part of the reverse side of the card.