Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I Don't Like to Toot My Own Horn, but If I Don't Nobody Will ...

I entered "I'm Free" in the latest Federation of Canadian Artists show, called "Works on Paper". I was very surprised and pleased to find out that it won 2nd place, and also sold.

I submitted "Steph's Hollyhocks" to the previous FCA show, and it sold as well.

Maybe things are looking up!!!

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The Paper and Paste Menagerie Is Growing ...

I start with a few sketches to get an idea of pose and proportion.

Then I scrunch up some newspaper into balls, and tape with masking tape.  Legs, fingers and toes, I usually use a wire armature of some sort - craft wire, coat hanger, twist-tie. Then I wrap the wire in paper, too, and tape it.

My next step is taping all the body parts together, and making sure the figure stands solidly, and is in proportion.

Meet Mr, Przewalski, ready for some paper and paste treatment. The Przewlaski horse is believed to be the progenitor of all horse breeds. I think there are still some herds on the Asian steppes, and in sanctuaries world-wide.

Sketches for the dog figure.

It's supposed to be a Basset hound, but I'm not sure if it will be long enough.
Now to get REALLY messy with some flour and water paste!!!

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The Tugboat Is Still Out at Sea ...

I think when I last posted about this painting, the boats and gulls were still under masking fluid.  At this stage, I think I have done a decent job of portraying the British Columbia coast. [Yay ... there is hope for my painting landscapes.]

Masking gone, edges smoothed and cleaned up, and I have started the tugs. I am using my favorite black mixture - quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone. For the reds, I am using mixes of alizarin crimson and quin. siena, adding phthalo green [blue shade] for the shadows of the reds. Just a lot of nit-picking work to do on the ships, then assess the overall image.

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