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Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Painting workshop - completed painting

This is the completed painting of Mr Antonio completed in 12 hours at school. It was the first time I was painting over a stretched period of time and with a dried canvas. Most of my previous work I have done alla prima and over 3-5 days. So much I learned....and painting from a live model is..........ah what's the word........exquisite. Yes exquisite, because it allows one to see so many colors. This was a workshop without instruction so the painters all did their own thing - its more like playing with our paint.

Click here to see pics of the studio and the model himself. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Inspiration Board - part 2

As I mentioned in an earlier post I was looking for a gold frame to make myself an inspiration board. Found this gorgeous frame in a liquidation store for $6/- and love it's big size. I even love the pic in it, such a pity I will have to discard it. Now just to find the fabric for the inside............definitely something grey. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bargue Assignment 1 completed

I just realized I had blogged about my first assignment but never put up a pic of the completed drawing so here it is! It was such an eye opener...learning to use my knitting needle to measure, understanding the different pencils, pushing the graphite into the grooves of the paper........! And the best part was the light form modelling...once I put that in it was like putting the final icing on a wedding cake - just made the drawing pop.

Found this gorgeous gold frame which has a sienna sort of patina to it and will hang it along with my second assignment somewhere in the living room.

Oh geez I should sign it...I always to forget to sign my art.

Click here and here to see the drawing taking shape.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Carved stamp

        Feelingcrafty I was in the mood for carving something and found this gorgeous book we bought a while ago on 'Detail, Cottage and Constructive Architecture'. I used my carving tools & rubber slab, and set to work digging out the intricate moldings of this beautiful design. I have since used this stamp to stamp out images on cards and on my abstract canvas paintings. It was so much fun......in fact I am feeling the itch to do another one....maybe later this afternoon...........

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inspiration board

Via the Eclecchicc  Blog

Now that the studio is complete (thanks to the dear hubby) I have been perusing ideas for my inspiration board. I had one earlier but it was just a big piece of foam board that I pinned things on. This time round I want something pretty - where the board itself is a statement piece...............quite like this one featured on the Eclecchic blog. Love the gold trim and the wood carving on top. I might go with a burlap or cream cotton canvas background cover as opposed to printed fabric. Nice no!