Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I am all out, almost!
I will spend the next week or so making several pieces of fabric, about 7 feet long, in a variety of colours; whatever I feel like.
"Bus man's holiday"
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Here is the room, and the house, completed, and looking very serene!
These are pillows made from my painted fabric.
And here is the partially silver leafed mirror I painted in February.
I want the background to be soft and not compete with the birds.
I also try to have lighter tones behind the darker wood part of the birds, and darker tones where the silver necks, head and feet are, so they don't get lost.
Just a little colour warms up the niche and gives it some contrast.
I cover the bottom part of the mural, which is completed, so that it doesn't get dripped on as I paint the top. I suppose I could have painted the top first, but its not always easy to be logical in these things. I wanted to get the stuff on the bottom really working before I made decisions about the top.
I removed the entire lower section of the tree- just like real tree trimming! Its much better now, allowing the ruddy sky to feature more prominently, and making more ''space'' for the birds to feature more strongly.
The point here, was not to produce a complete scenic view, like a regular painting, but to paint it only up to the point where it seemed there was ''something missing''. The "something" is the two birds, which, when added later, complete the picture.
This realization made a huge difference. Its much more effective now.
Its a stage setting. Not a stand-alone piece.
Remember- click on the pictures to make them bigger!
Here's the art work, showing three variations
Its a little nerve racking, painting in this bed room. The carpet, bedspread, are all very vulnerable to getting paint spilled on them. I move very carefully the whole time I am here, and cover everything obsessively with plastic sheeting.
Pretty soon, I am not so worried about spilling all my paints all over the place, and am lost in the work.
Guests are coming at the end of the week, and the work needs to be all done , including varnish and my materials all cleared away, so the guests can relax and have a good time.
I daubed the mirror with some colour and some gold to have it match the rest of the room more.
Monday, July 09, 2007
I lay out all the framework in chalk, using set square and straight edge to make sure everything is even and corners are square.
After the fabric is dry, I heat set it in a very hot dryer for a half an hour or so.
Later today, or tomorrow, I will give it all a quick finishing wash, and hang it out side to dry.
Then I will cut the pillow shapes out from the fabric, and match fronts up with backs. And deliver to the client!