Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Orange in my Garden

January 13

Orange in my Garden

Here you go, ART-at-the-desk. You know you love it. This is my extra (art) desk here at the office. I can't sit down because I'm wearing the nicest thing in my closet today. However, I frequently find myself with paint brush in hand while wearing my newest shirt.

I will quickly share my process for this page. Yesterday, I took a profile of myself, cropped, printed, and cut out the image. I used spray adhesive to hold the picture down so I could paint around it. In other words, I made a mask.
In the above picture a mask in in place to the right of the profile while I painted the yellow over the previously masked area. This step could have been skipped, but I didn't know that at the time.
In the above, I have started painting my profile. I used paynes gray to show the features. Then mixed a flesh with the yellow that I used, the orange that I used and titanium white (Golden). Eventually, I go over all of it with Zinc White and that is what you see above. Do you also see that I chased the Zinc white out of the lines.


Here is a tip for mixing flesh. Any red and any yellow mixed with white will make flesh. So, the red and yellow I am going to use in a painting is the one that I use to make the flesh. In this case the red (orange) and light yellow are both Folk Art. Below you can see that I also used Folk Art terra cotta in the darker areas on the profile.
My orange poppy napkin is what came to mind for the "Orange" day. Notice the poppies in the top left corner. The stems stop because that is the edge of the napkin. And below you can see that I have painted the stems down.

I will probably do some journaling on this at a later time. With any luck (energy) I will paint a green page next.
Let's all expect it,
Sharon

26 comments:

  1. Love it with the poppies! I enjoy reading how you do your pages. Learning a lot even tho I'm not really a painter. ;)

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  2. Beautiful! And the idea of the photo being used to mask is a fantastic idea!

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  3. Profiles are hard!! You should pat yourself on the back. Really! These pages are great.

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  4. Great tip and great page. I know why you painted at work...coz Idol is back...YAY!
    xo

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  5. Thanks for sharing your process with us!

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  6. I love this, it is an origial way to create a profile!!!!

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  7. Love this!! Love that you paint at a desk...some of the time...in good clothes! Well, you have to do it while you can..right? LOVE the orange...my daughter is going to have a fit over this one. Orange is one of her faves. You are something else! So exciting to see what you are doing. Pat

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  8. sharon, this is beautiful. thanks for sharing.

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  9. Sharon,

    I love your orange page. The process is always so engaging to see.

    Kate

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  10. I am really enjoying the pages you are doing. Absolutely Wonderful.

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  11. The orange and poppies is such a beautiful combination. I love your masking to get your profile (and thanks so much for sharing all of that with us).
    I like that you are still doing the self portraits...lovely seeing you in the flesh at the office too!

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  12. What a fab way to work - art-in-the -office! And such a great result too! Enjoyed all the January pages - inspirational

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  13. Hi Sharon I have left something special for you over at my blog
    myscrapmusings.blogspot.com

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  14. I always appreciate it when you show us the step by step of your work.

    Question: What journal are you using? I can't seem to find just what I want. Something that takes "wet" without becoming a disaster. Something that opens flat enough to actually work on.

    Darla

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  15. thanks for sharing, both the progress and the tutorial!
    Love how your page turned out.

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  16. You captured yourself perfectly....your talent is boundless. I am always so grateful when you take the time to show your amazing process. The whole page just pops!!!!
    XOXO

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  17. what an amazing process. thank you for sharing the steps with us. I am determined to get better at this self portrait thing!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your process. We always learn so much when you do that. Your page is beautiful.

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  19. Thanks for sharing the process. I love this! and I love the different day/different color examples as well.

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  20. Thank you so much for the process photos. I'm learning and to see those steps really means a lot.

    Found you via Misty Mawn....

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  21. oh my word the self portrait on the orange page is amazing!

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  22. Your work is very beautiful. I like all the pastel shades, very pretty.
    A lovely feeling:))

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  23. This is beautiful!! I love the color and the composition. The whole feel of it, and the emotion it evokes.

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  24. I was about to say you look fabulous to paint! My goal for 09 is to learn to paint...Thanks for the tutorials! Gina

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  25. I love , love , love your art very much !!
    Rini the Netherlands

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