Welcome to Sneak Peek Friday everyone! I'm hooking up with others from Studio JRU, to show what's on your desk from this week.
At first I thought, "I got nothin". Aaaaahhh, but seriously? So, I thought I take you through my struggles to get to this egg painting, which is my latest finished product.
|Most of the prototypes--starting with pastel paper and finishing with oil on linen sewed onto watercolor paper|
My art lover friend said she thought I just whipped these things up and realized when she painted with me that you have to plan and work at it. Do you notice the last 2 are just gesso'd egg shapes. I realized I was wasting so much time perfecting the egg and then made mistakes at the end. So now I do everything first and then paint last.
The origin of this idea started with the old antique egg prints, which have that aged background. Because of their age perhaps they're not on white. How do I get that without painting it? First I started with the linen paper, which failed because the oil would bleed around the egg. Then I thought, the masters painted on linen, why not?
|I learned that if I drew a line with a fabric pencil, I could keep my sewing straight.|
|Finished product - Recycled gold frame, painted beige/cream color.|
If I just showed the finished product, you might think like my friend did that I just whipped it up. I know, but I think successful artists persevere and don't give up. It's a hard practice to follow though, isn't it? So if you have a really good idea, keep trying or you'll end up walking through Anthropology and see it there, right? :)
Check over at Studio JRU if you would like to join in!