Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Finished Object, at last!

I finished Lydia's portrait yesterday in painting class. I am so pleased with it -- I honestly had no idea that I could paint like this. It is SO satisfying to complete a project of this magnitude, especially one with so many potentials for disaster, not the least of which is my beloved daughter never speaking to me again!

I have already begun the undersketch for another portrait. This one will be taken from a very old black and white photo of my mother taken when she was a very young girl. I am looking forward to the increased freedom of *not* having to follow an already-decided-upon color scheme, as well as not having the model looking over my shoulder every week...

Here is where I am on the first of my mixed media collages...

I think it actually looks pretty cool as is. The teacher called for spray paint as the "cover everything" medium, but I am too cheap and also too in love with my new-found ability to throw paint at canvas. Lots of paint! Lots of color!!

This is the only one of its size I have to this point, but I have 2 more big canvasses, 3 medium size canvasses and 4 little bitty ones at various stages of completion. I just wish I knew what was coming next. I am dying to take the next step!

And finally, as if I had all the time in the world to get stuff ready for next week's bazaar, I went and began a new Eni Oken style piece. She posted a similar piece to her blog a week or so ago, and I just *had* to start one similar to it. Strike while the iron is hot and all that...

This is a dreadful picture, but I was too lazy to set up the light tent. These colors aren't quite true, but you get the idea. Beginning at the center, the stones are ametrine, aquamarine, amethyse, rose quartz, another aquamarine, and another amythest. Can you see the tiny green stones that cover the space between the stones? Those are the last of my peridots. I'm so glad that I found such an exciting piece to spend them on.

The wrapping is going much easier this time -- I must be getting the hang of it. There will be another wrapped ametrine and maybe a few other little things dangling from the central silver piece, but I can't start that part until I finish the wrapping, which gives me some time to ponder ideas for the dangle too... I can't wait to finish it. After all... I still have 9 days before everything ELSE has to be finished for the bazaar...

All the time in the world, right?

6 comments:

Isabella said...

Your painting is just amazing. I look forward to seeing the black and white of your mom. Are you going to do the painting in black and white?

Your collage canvas is looking freat! And the braclet is beautiful. What a multi-talented artist you are!
Hugs-
Linda F from FL

Anonymous said...

Gosh, Judi! Your daughter must be thrilled that her mom could do something that gorgeous of her! Did you take painting classes or ???? I cannot IMAGINE doing something so realistic! Looking VERY forward to seeing the one of your mom! And the collage is going to be terrific! The blues are very rich so I'll be interested to see the elements you choose for this piece! I think it could go in so many directions depending upon your additions! As for the jewelry piece - another beauty! You've gotten quite good at assembling various gems/stones to make a piece come together well! Now tell me - what CAN'T you do, Sweet Girl? Love Kai aka (for the bloggers) Madame Anonymous

Judi said...

Is Lydia thrilled with the painting? I would be, if I was her!! It came out absolutely wonderfully. You have a real talent for this. Actually all your pieces are looking great. I can't wait to see how the canvas pieces turn out. I've said before that I love the bracelets and jewelry you do. You are quite multi-talented, as Linda said. Which is actually lots of fun!

shashi said...

Wow Judi the painting is fantastic!! Your daughter I am sure is pleased with it. Your canvas collage is looking good and I can't wait to see what else you are going to do with it. The jewlery is beautiful too. Lady you are one heck of an artist.

Belinda Manning said...

Came by to visit you at your blog today, and I don't believe that there is anything you can't create with your two hands. All of your work is amazing! I wanted to take Sherry G's class but was late hearing about in and now I'll be away until the end of the month. I hope that it is offered again. I love the way that you have given such depth to the blue in your new piece. And your daughter's portrait... What can I say. b

Anonymous said...

I haven't been here for awhile and was just surprised with all I've missed! You are a wonderful artist, the portrait is beautiful and all your other art is amazing also, truly I think you are the most talented artist I know.