Yesterday was Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the United States of America. Yesterday’s art challenge was “Flanders Field” or “Remembrance”. Do you know, I had to go refresh my memory of the poem? It didn’t take long to form an idea for an artwork on the topic, though. I hope you will take some time and remember those who fought and died for your country.
I decided to try something new and put all the photos of the work over time into a gallery post. I hope you enjoy it! These are the pictures of both “Mated : Beniko” and “Mated : Makoto”. When I went searching for names (it’s a strange hobby of mine), I was looking for meanings more than familiarity. I find it interesting that I came across these two names that were very familiar to me because manga reading and anime watching, and because of the film “Princess Mononoke”. Makoto is the name of the boar god in that Hayao Miyazaki film. Beniko means “red, vermillion, child” and Makoto means “sincerity, truth”. I present them to you now. If you do click on these, with the intent to download, could you please do that through deviantART instead and support me there, too? Thanks! These two panels are for sale, as a pair, so if you’re interested, please let me know!
I don’t know if it was just the fact that we did a lot over the weekend or what but I finally got to paint today! And I felt a lot better after doing it, too. And not only that, I finished the feminine mask for mixed media Mask Series #8! So today’s photos are of the projects I completed today. Woo-hoo!
I painted this on sketch book paper. I probably committed some kind of crime against trad artists by ripping the page out of my book…but maybe not. Maybe I’m not the only hobbyist who does that. I’m really proud of this piece for a couple of reasons. I mixed 4 palatable shades of green that I applied in a pleasant way on the paper. (Of course, this is my own opinion but I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this effect for years!) And secondly, I freehanded the Totoro. He’s not perfect, but you can definitely tell he’s a Totoro and that’s why this piece is a major victory for me. Where it got kinda iffy is the nose. Totoro’s nose is really small in comparison to everything else about his body. I debated the wisdom of using my fingers to paint that small nose instead of a brush. Turns out, my Gut Instinct was correct again. I’m surprised it still talks to me. I ignore it too much. I tried to fix the nose with a brush. I chose the wrong brush. I really need to learn the different media for the different brushes I have in my paintbrush can. So now Totoro has a duckface instead of a cute nose. *shrugs* You win some… Our youngest recognized it right away and is begging me for it. I plan to get it framed for her birthday.
As I stated above, this is one of a pair and this will be the only 2 pc set I create for this series. I have two canvases, which I obviously need to get to soon. I asked this question on deviantART but I’ll ask here, too. Do any of you have ideas for preserving the foil scales? I backed the foil with 2 coats of Mod Podge before cutting it, thinking it would make the job easier and the glue adhere better to both surfaces. So far, so good on that score. But the scales are still really delicate and they will tear, if something untoward happens. Spray lacquer? Clear coat? If so, what will that do to the fabric? I guess I need to see if I can find any scraps of this fabric and test it out. Trouble is, I need this done ASAP and I’m out of hobby money. Hmmm…get creative? We’ll see… Anyway, I’m really happy I was able to get these two things done today. I really feel pretty awesome when I complete projects. Major victories all!
I have some photos of things that inspired me over the course of the past week…or2…or 3… I can only hope that what I see in my head translates well through my hands and fingers! Anyway, I’d like to share these photos with you. I’m still not mentally ready to begin the last canvas for Mask series #8 but I’m getting there. There’s just too much going on right now and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to work as quickly or be as focused as I feel I’ll need to be. I’m probably thinking too much…but I really do want to be able to work without too many deadlines and activities fluttering around in my head. As soon as we are done with the play, I plan to start the work and we’ll see what we will see!
I tried to keep a theme of black and white throughout the photos but I couldn’t take all the color out of the last one. It’s still not an exact representation of the color but you get an idea…a vague idea. I’ll be sure to post updates as the project progresses. We have 4 more showings of “The Diary of Anne Frank” with our last show being this Saturday. Once the show is done and we strike the set, I’ll have a little more room in my schedule for art. I can’t wait to get back at it! I’m so thirsty for the opportunity to express myself in my art once again!
“Don’t think that because you haven’t heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night. Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.” ~ Spike Lee (This quote is so appropriate, it’s kinda scary!)