More … Bee Cause

Last February/March, I began thinking about what I wanted to create for ArtPrize this year.

Notes from my planning phase
Notes from my planning phase

For me, my creative process begins with a thought which my mind looks at, stretches and pulls in many different directions.  To help reign in the concept, I write the thought down and continue to write everything else that flows from that one thought.  In this case, my thought was Bee Cause.  What do I visually want to say about the bees?  What cause … a cause for the bees or a cause for mankind or both?  I look at it more, and write more down.  I draw out my thoughts, literally.  Bees.  Honey. Honeycomb. Hives. Branches. Leaves. Flowers. Messages. Movement. Light. Sound.  All of it I look at to consider.

Upclose image of the backside of one of the bird kites using the bamboo splints for braces.
Upclose image of the backside of one of the bird kites using the bamboo splints for braces.

I knew I wanted it to suspend from the ceiling. I knew I loved working with the decorative papers and wanted to incorporate those into the piece. I knew I wanted it as lightweight as possible. What could give my branch structures little weight but lots of strength? Ah yes, the bamboo splints Catherine and I used last year in our bird kites. But what formation of branches? Flowers, hmm, yes, crepe paper. What color pink, white, magenta? What about the flowers’ centers? Too crazy of a detail to dwell on now. Leaves! Yes the decorative paper and the roll of green sheer fabric would be perfect! But how, how am I going to make those leaves? Glue will add more weight … sewing? Possibly. Bees … that’s a tricky one … they need to be lightweight, moveable by breezes, some color, something to possibly reflect light … plastic? Yes, a thin plastic, like from the pastry shop or grocery store. Perfect! Messages … what do I want it to say, what words? Bee Cause … what?

What helps you to work out your thought process?  I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Paint Cut Glaze Paint Draw

more collage Prior to the NoBo First Friday show (in the usual creative frenzy of thinking I will get even more accomplished before the show), I began nine more bluebirds for 5×7 paintings.  I finished my first one last night!  A section of it is shown in the upper  right corner of the photo.

I began with a small canvas and applied color to the outer edges.  While at one of my favorite stores, Two Hands Paperie, I found a beautiful pack of papers.  After choosing one of these lovely paper as a background for the bird, I cut it to the desired size and applied it to the canvas.  Using one of the previously painted nine birds, I trimmed it out (similar to the one with the white background) and applied the bird to the background.  At this point the background competed for attention with the bird and I brushed on a glaze to tone it down.

Next, I painted more leaves and branches.  After allowing drying time, I picked up a pen and added lines for shading and outlining.  The ink added more depth and dimension to the piece.  All that is now left to do is sign it!

If you are so interested by this little bluebird and would like to inquire regarding purchasing, contact me through the “contact” tab above.

Have a beautiful day!

Joan