Day 17 - It was interesting using one of my own photos rather than a magazine image as a result this one has a very different feel than anything I’ve done so far I think. The image is one I’ve used many times for both small scale and larger scale works. This was the remnants from a gel transfer so the chairs were initially rather faded. I used Sap Green, cream (folk art paint) and Hansa Yellow for the base and Cad Red for the chair. I then used Diarylide Yellow for the sunflower and surrounding circle. I initially tried Payne’s Gray for the darker elements but didn’t like the bluish cast so opted for Burnt Umber which worked nicely with the red. I did add some Bone Black along the bottom. There are a TON of layers and washes and additions of colour in this piece. Sometimes you just can’t rush the muse. I was all ready to photograph it and it suddenly cried out for some linear additions to the upper left corner - an edging of ArtPrint Brown ink and we called it a day!
Day 18 - I knew immediately seeing this magazine image that I would base the colour scheme on Turquoise (Pthalo) - and I’m really starting to appreciate the Pthalos as much as my beloved Quins! - Titanium white and silver (folk art paint) though I used Payne’s Gray for the dark elements. I relied heavily on my heat gun to create the bubbling to add texture, wiping and washing to create all the highlights, lowlights in this piece. As soon as I added some silver ink (scuffed over the top with my ink pad) I knew I needed to add some metal and as I thought real metal might overpower the overall look, I opted for stitching with silver wire. Reminiscent of medical staples though I’m completely at a loss to what THAT inference is, it’s best to not question the muse!