I gave the manikin guy a coat of metallic green paint (that changes color as you move around him). I sort of like the colors below coming through the paint and I like how it looks like the surface is "leafed" somehow...but this is nowhere near done...I still don't even know what this guy is or if he will get more plaster cloth.
Later on I passed the "save it for later/drying area" and since this guy has been bugging me for a few days I decided to work on him today. (Here are two links to see how he started out: link one...link two.) I haven't been sure what exactly he needs done to him, so I started by experimenting with some color -- only I didn't gesso him first. I have never tried to paint the plaster cloth without gesso and I wanted to see what would happen. The alcohol inks (in spray bottles) were right by my chair so I tried them. First the yellowish one, then a spritz or two of the dark green, then I was hooked on spritzing and I overdid the purpley ink and wrecked everything.
But there is still something "off" about him...he needs a better nose.
And then a little bit later I was looking at some of the repurposed canvases that are being turned into collages. I think instead of always referring to them as the repurposed canvases I am going to call the series (and any future ones) "Emergent/See"s -- I know, I know...it is really corny but I kind of like it. It is about what I see emerging through the layers and what I choose to focus on and then leaving the other background things I see for the viewer to find.
Anyway...here is the one I am working on today. This is actually a watercolor piece that I layered paper on and then decided I probably won't do this again because the wetting of the paper really warped and distorted the board underneath the watercolor paper.
I have had trouble seeing things in this piece from the beginning. I kept turning the board over and over from horizontal to vertical -- on each end -- then I saw them. I had faint lines on the arms from before, but today I can really see the characters.
The main one seems to be some sort of panda-ish guy and he has on a hood with big ears and a little coat. He is looking down and pointing one arm out. I am not quite sure what the story is yet, though. The guy behind him seems to be a fox-like or badger-like sort of guy and he looks like he may be offering some advice or perhaps listening to what the panda-ish guy is saying. Still a long way to go on this one, too.
Then I thought I would give the cat-ish guy's nose a try.
And then I was back at my computer and thinking about stuff and I was thinking maybe this cat-ish guy is the king of cat-ish guys. Maybe he needs a little crown.
Oh yeah...that might be just the ticket -- I know how much better I feel when I am wearing a crown. But maybe his needs to be just a little bit smaller...
Yes, yes...he definitely needs the crown. Look how proudly he stands with it. I just hope I can plaster cloth something that little...and get it to sit on his head right.