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!
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Spring is right around the corner and my mind goes to spring! The thought of warm breezes and the sounds of birds chirping away!
In preparation for the NoBo First Friday Show tomorrow night, I’ve been working away on various forms of 2 and 3 dimensional collage. Three bluebird canvases will be there with acrylic, ink, fabric, paper and embroidery! Here are a couple detail photos …
In addition, I’ve met a clothing designer named Melissa Bell who has generously given me scraps of her fabric! From those, I’m making collage animals by combining her fabrics with mine and adding embroidery. Each animal is from my original design.