Kathi asked to see a close up of the flower paintings from yesterday. I decided to go all out and show you more.
Here you go, Kathi! The little ovals of silk were wrapped around and glued to illustration board ovals. The frames are some of the metal miniatures that you can get and paint yourself.
To do the paintings, I used tube acrylics and thinned them down like watercolors. I started with a light pencil sketch. Then I did the paintings lightest colors first and finishing with darker colors and in this case, I did a few details with Pigma brand Micron Pen .005. They are archival and don't run or fade over time. Very fine.
This next one is the very first one that I did. It is a copy of a Japanese painting. This one is all painting. no pens.
I did notice that it is "foxing" up in the right corner. That's OK. It just makes it look old. If you enlarge this one, you can see the weave in the silk.
The last one is the desert dweller in the Southwestern Room Box. She is done with a little more oil painting technique than the other ones. That is, there is thicker paint on this one and less watering down of the paint in some areas. Some layering of the paint in other areas.
Here's a closer look at the top half of the painting. Her face and cowl are completely covered with paint, as is some of the mountain. The mountain is a kind of stylized version of my favorite Arizona mountain. It is Picacho Peak. It is between Tucson and Phoenix. Picacho means peak in Spanish...So it is a bit redundant....Peak Peak....I always wondered who named it.
I am still working on the real house. For some reason, I get in the mood to clean out cupboards and closets this time of year...Maybe it's because I think that I am going to get a lot of new stuff to fill them when Christmas comes.....If I'm good...No comments please...I really do try...Honest....
Back to work.
See you tomorrow.