Friday, September 24, 2010

Sneak Peek Friday

As you see, I'm still working on my nutcracker idea.  I came across this pack of  4" x 12" canvas in Michael's and thought maybe this would be a better idea.  So I'm working with flimsy the way I would work as an interior designer. I just sketched these guys quickly to give me a feel of what they might look like.  The backgrounds could be 3 different flat colors.   You could imagine a row of these guys on the wall.  If I made prints, I could mount them to the canvas and paint the sides a color.

Background in watercolor/acrylic

Background in pastel
This is the backgrounds I came up with for what I was working on last week.   I do like the look of  the pastel, but I don't want to start learning a new medium for this.  I'm also tempted to make their faces warmer/friendlier. By stylizing them, do you lose the fact that they're nutcrackers?  I would love to hear your thoughts/ideas. 

If you want to join us in the fun, just click on  "In the Studio"  and give it a try.


Carola Bartz said...

Your nutcrackers are gorgeous. However, somehow nutcracker and warm/friendly face doesn't work for me. I've always thought that nutcrackers are grumpy men, and as a child I even was a little bit afraid of them. Of course I'd never admitted that! My older brother would have made so much fun of me!

Carrie Schmitt said...

Great idea! And the canvases seem like the perfect size for the job. I think you should go with your gut and experiment with the faces. You are so good at what you yourself! I do think it would be neat to put your own spin on them and make them truly unique and yours! That's just my thought right now:)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Hmm... your blog said you have 0 comments... obviously that is wrong! ;)

I LOVE the 4 x 12 size canvas... SO neat! I actually love the quick ones you did... I sort of like the back and white. I can totally imagine a row of them! CUTE! I don't know what a 'friendlier' face would look like. Definitely something to try out! Thanks so much for showing us this great sneak peek! :)

jacqueline said...

Dearest diana, these nutcrackers are so beautiful. These canveses do look like a perfect mathc to the size of your nutcrackers. I agree with sweet carrie that you should go with your guts and experiment with the faces. :) Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Anonymous said...

I think these are fabulous. Maybe you could arch the eyebrows just a tiny bit so they still have that stern nutcracker feel, but are a little more whimsical? Just a thought.

Artist Terri Smith said...

Hi Diana..I didn't participate this week in Sweet Jennifer's Sneak Peek..but wanted to drop by and see what you've been up to. I'm still lovin' your nutcracker's and enjoy so much watching all this wonderful creativeness. It's given me so much encouragement. For awhile now I've stepped away from painting to explore other mediums.. but I actually pulled them back out a couple of days back. Thank you so very much for being part of that inspiration. Hugs of Georgia Sunshine, Terri

Jodene Shaw said...

Just give a stylized nutcracker a try . . .you can always go back . . . I'd love to see what you come up with.
{Although I love Carola's perspective too and hearing her childhood perceptions!}.

Heather said...

I just found you through Kelly's blog. I just love your work and the colors you used for the latest challege....are WONDERFUL. Great stuff, I am a new follower!