Sunday, October 03, 2010

Tree WIP - Ready to Paint?

I spent a good part of yesterday finishing the sculpting portion of my Tree Lady and adding some texture elements to give her skin more of a bark-like texture.  Tonight I plan on adding tiny touches of apoxie here and there to flesh out her hands and cover up some flaws in her branches, but other than that, I think he is ready for her first coat of paint!

I am just really REALLY relieved that I don't have to twist up any more leaf clusters.  I estimate that I used about 10 strands of chips, both gem and glass, as well as 2 spools of 26 gauge wire.  If I had known what I was letting myself in for when I started, I probably wouldn't have given her leaves, LOL.

This girl is BIG, about 19" from bottom to the tip of the tallest branch.

I think I am going to add a few more leaf cascades around her face, but I want to see what she looks like painted first. 

I love the way her root system turned out, especially once I added the banana silk fibers to tone down the "sculpted" look of the clay.  The effect is subtle, but it really made her come alive.

A few years ago I would have been too paralyzed by the fear of ruining her to touch her with a paintbrush, but I have learned that layers are the way to go, and if all else fails, there is always starting over, LOL.

Wish me luck!


Shashi Nayagam said...

All that twisting and turning to create those leaves was worth the effort Judi. She already looks stunning and I can't wait to see her painted now.

ruthanne said...

Judi, Shashi has the right word. Stunning! I wish I could see her in person and can not wait to see her painted.

Healing Woman said...

I really like her a lot. I have also done tree women and have a whole series devoted to them. I have titled them, "Grandmother Tree." There is something so Druid-ish about them isn't there? I create mine in clay and use moss to cover the clay tree. I love the idea of all those beaded branches. She will be spectacular when painted. Go for it!