Yesterday I sat at my Mac and reworked the digital version of the face above. It began life six years ago as an acrylic sketch on a piece of discarded corrugation. Later, I fiddled with it on the computer but never finished it the way I wanted to. That happened yesterday when the face came to life. He looks grumpy, doesn’t he? Well, he has a good reason: he was relegated to the bottom of a storage cabinet all those years. I’m happy he’s finally complete and ready to meet the world.
Another rework (in progress) is my social media “presence.” I still have some work to do behind the scenes in my Redbubble Shop (tags, descriptions, etc.) but Twitter and Instagram are sorted out.
Still testing the camera, this time with in-process faces. The brightly-colored one above is mixed media, mostly acrylic but some ink and paper, all on canvas board. It’s nearly complete. I’m pleased with how the colors turned out in the photo – they look almost the way I see them. Good result from the camera but when I shoot this piece for uploading to Redbubble some minor color edits may be needed. Maybe.
The face below has always fooled me. I never know when it’s finished so I never make adjustments to it on the canvas. Instead, I test them using Photoshop Elements to see if I like the changes. This test photo has been significantly edited because I just can’t resist doing that. The odd darkness across the left side of the face that looks like a very pointy mustache is a shadow – the main reason I used this canvas as a camera test. I needed to see how the camera handles extremes in light. Again, a good result.
However: when I took these pictures I was still overwhelmed by the many setting options on the camera and neglected to do the simplest task well. I didn’t check to see if I’d set it to manual focus or auto focus. Turns out it was on manual focus so everything’s a bit blurry. My fault entirely. The camera’s wonderful.
“The Way the Universe Ends” is a mixed media tradigital abstract I created from one acrylic painting, one digital painting, distressed card stock, and one photograph. It’s full of bright colors and light, and is available for sale as open edition prints and on the full range of Redbubble products in my Shop.
“Sunrise Before the Storm” is a mixed media piece (acrylic paint, paper – on canvas). It began its life during hurricane season several years ago and I’ve been struggling with it ever since. I went back and forth between celebrating a calm but colorful sunrise and warning of the dangers to come. Today I compromised. This version is a substantially edited photograph of the actual piece. In a few days I’ll make the unedited photograph available, too. They look remarkably different but complement each other.
It’s a PAINTING! Well, the very beginnings of one. I started it nearly four years ago, the last time I was able to paint properly. I think I’m able to again so I set up the easel and plunked the painting on it this morning. What an amazing feeling!
If you like to spread paint, slice paint, twist paint, apply paint in globs, and generally push paint around you probably use palette knives/spatulas. They can be expensive, though. Thanks to a tip from AMAZING artist and wonderful person, Cindy Schnackel (https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/), I don’t worry about palette knives anymore. Why? Because of those free plastic cards that arrive in the mail. Companies send them as part of their promotional activities. Expired gift and credit cards are good, too. These plastic cards have fine edges, are firm but bendable, and come in all sizes. Also, if you repurpose them they won’t end up in a landfill or the ocean. Wonderful! Thank you, Cindy!!