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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mantles of Resiliance in the Transformation of Eventualities on: September 12, 2017 03:50:45 PM
Thank you everyone!

AlteredMommy - Sometimes the title is the hardest part.  This one came about in parts throughout the planning of the painting. 

When I was invited to paint something for the beer show I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I only had a color (a color somewhere in the mid-range hue of beers).  Then, one night when I was working in the hospital one of the nurses I work with came in with new highlights in her hair that seemed to match the color I was assigned perfectly.  I asked her if she'd be willing to model for me and to share a bit of her story to help me determine what I should paint.  She agreed. 

I was able to get a few photos, though none of them were even close to this particular set-up.  She told me about leaving Ghana and a little of her time here in the US.  I knew she was in the process of finishing up her Doctorate.  I asked her if there was any bit of clothing that meant anything to her and she brought along this dress.....it was perfect!  It was a dress her mother made for her from fabric she brought from Ghana.  The dress was actually in red, blue and yellow, but the pattern is very similar.  With her permission I changed the colors of the dress to better suit the overall image.

The "mantles" in the title refers particularly to this dress.  A mother's love providing protection that in this case also provides a link to heritage (hence the reason the pattern appears in the earth).  Resilience refers to her family's struggle to make their way to a new life.  Resilience is also why I chose to use Starlings in this painting.  Starlings are highly resilient and adaptable birds.  The Glossy Starlings of Ghana are also stunning....bonus!  I always love to speak of transformation through education as it speaks to my own personal story and I felt it applied to this painting as well.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A Donkey and a Tiger on: September 11, 2017 09:19:40 PM
Beautiful!  Kevin approves....

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mantles of Resiliance in the Transformation of Eventualities on: August 29, 2017 05:10:46 PM
I was planning on making further changes to this one, but I needed to varnish it for an upcoming show and the varnish fixed much of what I was worried about.  The painting was originally painted for an invitational show at one of the area art museums.  Each artist was given a color from the beer scale (light beer to dark beer) and the work we produced had to be created using mostly our assigned color.  I'm sure you can gather which beer shade I was given....LOL!  I was thinking that after the show I might want to lighten up the foreground, but I've decided not to.  I kind of like the flat appearance.

I had multiple reference images to work from, but none of them had my model in this position so it took a lot of trial and error to get it all to work.

It's a 40" x 30" oil on canvas.

I think my favorite part is her hand.  It's also the part that went the quickest.

I am also pretty proud of these books!  I had a stack of cook books that I needed to make into medical books.  I think I managed to make them passable.  Then, of course, I always love to paint birds.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Betrayal of Home on: August 16, 2017 12:29:32 PM
Final changes have been made!  I posted the final scan in the original post!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Betrayal of Home on: April 02, 2017 11:18:00 AM
FINALLY finished this painting & thought I'd share.  Updated photo is in the original post.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: "Persephone" painting on: December 19, 2016 01:30:28 PM
As soon as I can get a scan of this there will be prints available.  Most everything else is scanned before it leaves.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mouse with flowering branch on: December 19, 2016 01:28:18 PM
Your work is ALWAYS so lovely!!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Freyja: A Circumstantial Reflection on Precious Things on: December 13, 2016 01:11:28 PM
Oh yeah, the bunny slippers are there because......I wanted to paint bunny slippers!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Locker name tag on: December 11, 2016 08:29:47 PM
The only Christmas we do is through gift exchanges so I created this for my Sectet Santa at work.  I used to set up the phone assignments at shift change for my hospital unit.  When I had the time I would draw up quickly decorated "name tags" to clip to the phone.  They were so much more fun than just scribbled post it notes.  Coworkers LOVED them and started putting these paper phone tags on their lockers.  I regularly get bugged to make more.  For my final SS gift I decided to create a fancier name tag  and make it specifically to hang on a locker.

I Used a thin 3" x 4" piece of basswood that I cut, sanded and gessoed.  The flowers were inspired from some vintage fabric I have, but when I sketched it out I adjusted the size, color & positioning of the pattern (so that it didn't compete with the lettering)..  I transferred my sketch and a tracing of the lettering using graphite paper.  I then hand painted the entire thing with acrylics, sprayed it with a clear coat, and added a magnet on the back.  it's now locker ready!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: "Persephone" painting on: December 11, 2016 08:01:56 PM
Yep, they were added, but I never managed to get another photo.  It's large and difficult to photograph unless it's outdoors.  I just never got the chance.  I still have access to scan or photograph it if I'd like, but it's located 3 hours from here.  This collector has expressed interest in the next painting I'm planning for this series.  If she does buy it, I'll make sure to bring my laptop & scanner with me so I can get a good quality image of this one. It's really SO much better with three poodles.
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