Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Break Artwork

This is what I have been working on in the category of Art since starting winter break.

Acrylic Painting

I have a 4 year old nice named Rosie who LOVES animals.  I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she was so cute when she was thinking about it.
Rosie: "Hmmm... How about a picture?  You're good at making pictures aren't you?"
Me: "Sure.  What do you want a picture of?"
Rosie: "How about a giraffe?"

We also bought her Hungry Hungry Hippos so I guess they'll go good together!

Mixed Media Painting

This painting started off as an ink drawing.  I had a photo that I took about a year ago that showed the silhouette of a pair of cardinals on bare tree branches with a snowy sky behind.  I used the photo as the basis for an ink drawing- just black ink on white paper.  I thought it was too plain so I decided to try my tissue paper "transfer".  I scanned the drawing and printed it out on plain white tissue paper.  I painted a canvas with a combination of white, icy blue, and metallic silver acrylic paint.  After the paint was dry, I used a gel medium to fuse the tissue paper to the canvas (and coated the rest of the canvas for uniformity.)  When the gel medium is applied, the tissue paper disappears but the ink remains.  I applied some more silver paint to the tops of branches to look like ice and added the spirals and stripes to the canvas.

At this point, I put the canvas on my kitchen table and stayed there for over a month until I added embroidery today.  I was so frustrated with the project for a long time and didn't know what to add to complete it.

I had decided to embroider a phrase in the bottom section and "Be Still" kept sticking in my head.  The reason I like the image of the birds on the branches is the sense of calm.

Be Still Meaning #1: Be Still and Know that I Am God -Psalm 46:10  This verse is something that I need to keep in mind when I start to worry and try to control things that I should just trust God to take care of.

Be Still Meaning #2: Any fans of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are? "Max said 'BE STILL!' ...and tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all..." I thought this was kind of funny since Max is the opposite of calm.

....Speaking of WTWTA, there is a really interesting blog about the inspirations for the movie (which I more appreciated than enjoyed), lots of contemporary artists, musicians, authors, etc. are featured there.

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