Sunday, September 28, 2008

If I post this, I'll finish it!

So, I'm going to post what's done so far, then keep up with the progress. It's been stashed away in my studio closet for almost two years now - I actually started it at the old place before we moved. (Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.) About a month ago, I took it out and leaned it against the wall, where I"ve been studying it since. Now, I want to finish it!

Here's what I have done so far .........

(I'd like to mention that it was Rhonda Carpenter who showed myself and a few other online pals this technique, though I don't think I followed the online directions very well. lol.)

The shot above shows the masking fluid on and sprayed. In Rhonda's technique, I don't think I was supposed to actually mask out shapes.

I used these pastel blenders to apply the masking fluid. They're excellent for that. Soft tips that won't scratch the paper at all and it's so easy to peel off the dried mask from them. I use Pebeo Drawing Gum to mask.

The shot above shows the painting with red paint and yellow paint poured on and mixing on the paper. It's a messy job but fun.

After the yellow and red paint dried, I poured blue paint on then let it dry completely. In the shot above, you can see that the blue was still wet when I shot the pic.

Now, here's another spot where I kind of messed up. In the overall finished painting that I had (and still have) envisioned in my mind, I wanted some rocks and things on the ocean floor. So I painted some in before I removed the mask. You can't really tell what they are now. But they looked good in my vision. lol. I'll work around that and fix them up later. The second mistake was attempting to make the very upper section look like water as seen from below. Didn't work. But .... I'll work around that too and fix it up.

I've since added some burnt sienna on the jelly fish and will photograph that a bit later on. Right now, I want to go on the Apples and Arts tour (a studio tour) here in town. Yesterday was a work day so it's today or forget it.

Two years ago, I was in the tour, all alone at the Cornwall Regional Art Gallery. As a first-timer, and alone, I found it extremely intimidating. For next year, I've been invited to participate with several other artists at one stop, which is very tempting. Maybe.

Some days, Blogger works wonderfully well. Others, you can edit and edit and EDIT until you get it to layout properly. This is one of those days! So if there's a lot of spaces between photos and descriptions, it's not because I haven't tried to fix them. Grrrrrrrrrr.........


RHCarpenter said...

I know what you mean about Blogger, Deb. There must be a secret code to getting the photos and words to stay put!! I'm glad you pulled this one out and are working on it again - hope you enjoy and I'll enjoy watching - and I'll push you to work on it every so often :)
Enjoy the Apples and Arts tour and hope the weather is perfect for it.

Teresa said...

Oooooooohh! you're going to finish the jellyfish!!! Can't wait for it, have you planned on your next step already?

Ann Buckner said...

Hi Deb, I love seeing your progress photos. Neat idea too, using the blenders to apply fixative. Looking forward to seeing that next step.

Deborah A. Léger said...

Thanks very much for the comments, Rhonda, Teresa and Ann! With car shopping and driving Zach to Ottawa and an art meeting, I haven't had time quite yet but very shortly! If only I could paint all day long.........

Rhonda, if you ever find out that secret code, let me know, okay? Grrrrr. Some days, it all falls together so perfectly. Other days, no matter what you do, Blogger seems to have a mind of it's own. lol.

Teresa, the next step is planned in my head. (Could that be dangerous?) Later, I want to try gluing down some stringy yarn for plants reaching up from the ocean floor. Maybe.

Ann, I've used those blenders for so much - but never for their original intention. LOL.