Thursday, March 28, 2013

Woody WIP

I decided I had to recreate Woody on canvas.  This is just a very early WIP.  Because I love collage so much (all the glue and paper tearing and sticky hands) I decided to collage the tree trunk with some scrapbooking paper.  I have also done some washes of color on it but more to go.  This week Julie Fei-Fan Balzer showed some paintings from a class in which she didn't meticulously outline the figures in the painting but color blocked them with paint.  It suddenly hit me how freeing that is - not coloring inside the lines!  So - that's how I started with Woody.  I have always been so rule bound (never push the boundaries) - so I am going for it.  That's not to say that I won't sketch again or even paint a sketch.  I think this is part of the please myself not the rest of the world campaign.  I'm interested to see where this will take me.  By the way - the bluish background is Liquitex spray paint (they are fabulous) over old text and I have added a bit of green gold and quinacridone nickel azo gold.  So - I've been gluing and painting and I am happy!!!
Thanks for stopping by - I will be linking to Paint Party Friday (here) on Friday.  If you celebrate Easter - have fun with the family and remember the joy of the resurrection.  Leave a comment if you can - I really love to hear from you.  Have a blessed and art filled day.

48 comments:

  1. Wow what a great shoot and your painting is wonderful! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog and your congrats!!!

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    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment as well!

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  2. This is coming along very well! Valerie

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  3. Cool! I love the texture and pattern you created in your piece through the use of collage. Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday celebration!

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  4. Resting in the hope of His glorious resurrection:-). I am totally loving that tree trunk! I also share your sentiments about not wanting to push the boundaries... but there is so much to gain in art by going ahead and pushing the boundaries! I have a quote somewhere that says something like: In painting you will not come far if you play it safe. It is written on my art box and challenges me every time I lift my brush or pen... but I am almost always pleased when I DO " let go"!:-)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by - I love that you can create such beautiful art with how hectic your life must be! I don't think we grow (as artists, as people) unless we embrace some change. I hope you had a blessed Easter.

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  5.   Wonderful painting, beautiful bird ...

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    1. Thank you so much - isn't it wonderful that art is as different as the people who create it?!!!

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  6. wow..beautiful bird...totally gorgeous colors.....love the wonderful textures and patterns on the tree as well..very striking..I love this dazzling woodpecker you've created..fantastic!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you Victoria for your encouraging comments. My art has grown and changed so much because of the wonderful encouragement I receive from my blogging friends

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  7. you are having fun with this WIP, looks great so far!

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    1. Thanks Christine - using a lot of what I love to do (collage and texture) but just experimenting with the actual painting.

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  8. Really liking the texture and pattern that you have going there. Looks great! Yes Easter is really about the Resurrection. That's what I think about when this day arrives. Happy days to you.

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    1. Thank you Gloria. Hope you had a glorious and blessed Easter.

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  9. Woody looks great! I like the way you did the tree. I didn't know Liquitex made a spray paint. Keep up your please yourself campaign and have a happy and blessed Easter!

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    1. Liquitex spray paint is amazing - so easy to control and just made for artists. They just came out with a paint marker I am dying to try (I am an art supply junkie!!) Thanks for your comment Melisa - it's so encouraging

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  10. I love the colors you have used with Woody and the wonderful texture of the trees. This is a wonderful WIP. Happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you Ginny - I'm not rushing it - just enjoying the process!

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  11. Its good if we can stop worrying about 'getting it right' and just enjoy the process. Trying out new techniques is so much fun!

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    1. I am trying to paint for myself - if someone else loves it enough to spend their money on it - that's wonderful! I never colored outside the lines when I was in school - thanks for stopping by.

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  12. This looks great already! always nice to try out new painting techniques. I love how you did the tree trunk!

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    1. Thanks so much - I'm so slow at getting frames - but I do have your ATC framed and ready to hang. I'll send pics when I do hang it!

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  13. Oh I love woodpeckers! They're so cool! -- I am such a rule follower as well, it's so constricting. And it really causes a lot of conflicts in art! Creating stuff nearly every day has really started to get me out of that shell! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment - I always thought you had to be born with talent to create art. I'm glad that's not true - but I think we are born with the desire to create something.

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  14. Love the collage tree trunk! A fabulous work.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Faye.

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  15. Loving your fab woodpecker.
    Happy Easter and HPPF. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Netty - hope your Easter was a good one.

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  16. ohhh great work, collage really interests me as I've never really tried it but love the textural effects. Great work so far! :0)

    Hope you had a great Easter too! :0)

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    1. Thanks Nicola - My mom always had me doing papier mache and fingerpainting when I was a kid - so I am still playing with paper and painting with my fingers. Just give it a try - it's fun

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  17. The collage is looking great, love that tree trunk! What a great shot of the woodpecker! I love spotting them on walks through the park, but my photos are always blurry!! HPPF!!

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    1. If that bird had moved right away I would only have had blurry shots. Didn't go get my tripod because I was afraid he would leave - so I had a lot of trouble keeping my hands still with the zoom all the way out. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  18. Happy PPF, we have these guys in our yard, they are wonderful and so is your interpretation of them....xox

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  19. Looks like you're having fun, which is the very best way to approach our art! I love this woodpecker and the tree and background are fab! Happy creating!

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    1. Thank you Janice - when it's not fun it doesn't flow at all. Been there!

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  20. That looks wonderful.... I especially love the texture of the tree trunk.

    Good luck catching up with Life Book....

    Have you looked at the new lesson yet? It's about birds :)

    Karen x

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    1. Thanks Karen - I have listened to part of the new lesson. I've done some whimsical bird paintings before - hopefully I will get to do this one.

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  21. Good for you! Woody looks wonderful. :)

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    1. Thanks so much - always love your art as well!

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  22. Can't wait to see Woody finished - and I LOVE the sound of a "please myself not the rest of the world campaign"!

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    1. I'm taking my time with Woody (I don't get nearly as much studio time as I would like anyway). I think art is like cooking - if I am cooking to please others all the time - well it gets really boring. If I throw in different flavors and experiment then it's fun (and hopefully tasty!) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  23. I can't wait to see the final painting, but it's looking quite lovely so far! Happy PPF!

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    1. Thank you so much - I'm interested to see how this will turn out as well. I am having fun with it.

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  24. He is looking great so far!

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