Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 | Day 31

Day Thirty-One

One more personal blog post.

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 | Day 30

Day Thirty

I am taking a personal night blog post.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 | Day 29

Day Twenty-Nine

I have been working on the big blue fluffy biteyou's background tonight.  I think I am going to call those pointy things mountains.  The two pointy things on each side of the collage are going to be towers of some kind (I think)...for now...maybe.  I outlined the various pointy things and added white Unyru paper to give a hint of snow.  I have LOTS of work to do, obviously, but at least I have more of an idea now.

Tonight's starting point.
Pointy things...becoming mountains.
Camera can't focus on this very well...old, old tissue papers from a Japanese sample book...the white papers are yellowing.
This tissue has a small flower design.
Where the torn paper is going.
How it looks for now...I am sure it will change.
White Unryu paper as a snow cap for a mountain.
Hmmm...not bad...but I am sure it will change, too.
More snow.
More mountains...more snow.
Not sure yet if this is a sun or a moon.
This pointy thing will become some sort of tower.
So will this one...a stripey tower.
Where I am leaving it for tonight...I will just overwork it if I keep at it.
I have only glue-sticked the papers on...they need matte medium...and I have a feeling they won't look the same after it dries.  Like I said...there is a LOT of work to do on this still.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 | Day 28

Day Twenty-Eight

This afternoon I was just tired of looking at the mostly red collage.  Tired of the colors, the stripes, the characters, the rotten job I started on the bear guy, and I am just tired of it being so busy.  It is getting a coat of phthalo blue.

Well...I was not expecting this result!
Tonight I worked a bit on making adjustments to the big blue fluffy biteyou's eyes.  I made the brown paper part larger and laid the smaller brown circle on top.  I re-used one of the black dots, but had to re-cut the other one.  I also painted the middle of the sun/moon.

I am still thinking about this one...not sure yet where it is going or what it is about.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 | Day 27

Day Twenty-Seven

Tonight I have been fooling around with papers and trying to make eyes (at least) for the big fluffy blue biteyou.  I am not sure this is what I will end up with, but it is better than looking at those white circles.

How he has been looking for some time now.
The "Magic Rub" eraser is not so magic on him...won't erase the lines.
I gathered some papers and the circle template and fooled around.
This is what I ended up with...until...
...I shot the photo, then the paper fell off.
The paper eyes (so far).
I guess that is better than it was before.
I still don't know what I want this guy to look like.  I am abandoning the paper mask, though.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 | Day 26

Day Twenty-Six

Tonight, lots of breath holding and lots and lots of time working on painting two areas of two collages.

First -- Biteyou's crow-like friend.  I tried to straighten the yellow lines a bit more...even them out.  I had to turn the canvas upside down again to be able to reach them.

Then -- I tried putting in some time with the bear-like guy on the mostly red collage.  I have been really reluctant to do anything to him because I am very worried that I am going to lose the face I was seeing with the shading.  And I think maybe I did wreck him tonight.  I will try to put his shading in another time and then come back in with the yellow again.  Damn.

I feel like I was mostly successful with the blue demon-guy when I tried painting him a couple of  years ago...I wish I could remember how I did it...although his features were not as special to me as the bear-like guy.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 | Day 25

Day Twenty-Five

Today Terri and I got the auction items from the Group of Girls 2 show online at the Woods Gallery Facebook page.  Terri took photos of the artwork and I measured and recorded the pertinent information, then we came back to my house and worked on it together.  

Terri shooting the auction pieces at Woods Gallery.

Then Terri took hi-res, color-corrected photos of three paintings by Juana that are in my collection.  Juana needs good photos of them so she can get prints made and use the images later on for other items.

Terri set up a little staging area in my guest bathroom (good natural light from the skylight and north window) and took photos for Juana.

And THEN Terri started photographing some of my artwork to use on the website I hired her to set up for me.  Wow -- I am giddy thinking about it.  Today we secured my domain name and chose a template for the website.  Terri will work on some of the elements at home and we will meet up again soon to go over what she's got so far.  I can't believe I am becoming a dot com.

Then Terri started the first round of photos of my artwork for my upcoming website.

Thank You, Terri!!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 | Day 24 (part two)

Day Twenty-Four (part two)

I worked on cleaning up the yellow lines on the crow-like guy for a while -- mostly on the right edges of both legs.  I will need to flip the canvas over to work on the other side(s)...but not tonight.  I have a long way to go on straightening up those lines.


2015 | Day 24

Day Twenty-Four

Sometimes I just feel like working on something BIG.  Even if it is just a small part of it.  Tonight I added to the tall guy's neck.  I think there will be a lot of areas that need building up.  It is/will continue to be a challenge to work on this guy.  I kind of wish he came apart at the waist, the way his arms come off.  At this point I can still pick him up and move him, but not for long!

I wanted to start building up the front of his neck...
...after much trimming I ended up with this piece of cardboard.
I had to move a several big guys around in order to lay him on the table so I could reach to work on his neck area.
Cutting fresh lengths of plaster cloth.
Done for today, now trying to get a feel for how this looks...
...from different angles...

Yep...this is going to be challenging!


As I was leaving the room (and at eye level with the hands up cat girl again) I wondered if I might be able to pop on some large glass eyes instead of painting the plaster cloth ones again...looks like they might fit.
They just might work -- back when I first made her I didn't have large glass eyes yet...
...I was still painting the clear glass things.
I am pretty sure Baby Beast was the first guy that got larger glass taxidermy eyes.

I think I am done for the night...if I end up working on anything else I will come back and do a part's still early.
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