Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIP-Whimsical carving part 2

Life has certainly been getting in the way of my painting:-)
 This painting  - of a very whimsical, joker-like carved head that I photographed a few miles only from my house- should have been finished last week. But as you can see, I still have lots and lots of work left on this...although the right hand side will have some unpainted areas.   I have been putting in a few shapes every day and it looks like a puzzle at the moment. Hopefully, it will all come together eventually.
This is on Fabriano Artistico SP 140lb. It is very white...with hindsight, a less bright paper may have been preferable.
I still have not decided if I will varnish this painting and adhere it to a 16" X 16" birch panel ; this would mean cropping off at least an inch horizontally and vertically.  This option would be less expensive than having the painting matted and framed...It will be easier to decide I suppose once the painting is finished and can be assessed.

What do you think?

24 comments:

  1. This really is striking - great eye appeal - Can't wait to see it finished!

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  2. Looking good so far. Great colors. I am enjoying experimenting with the varnishing but I did not get a perfectly smooth attachment to the board with the 140 pound paper. I don't know if it was the cooler weather at the time or if I did something wrong. I have had good success with 300 lb but that was during the summer.

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  3. Barb, you are always so kind. Thank you. Take good care of yourself!

    Vicki, thank you for stopping by! I have varnished only 140 lb paper and only in fairly warm weather. What do you use to glue the paper down? I use Golden soft gel ( semi-gloss).

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  4. It's looking fantastic! Thank you for posting the in-progress photos so we can follow along as you work on it!

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    1. I am glad that you like it so far, Theresa! Posting progress pictures is always an incentive for me to get the painting finished:-)

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  5. Interesting carving, looking forward to the finished work!

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    1. Hi, Pat. I found a stonemasons company in my area: they have the three most unusual carvings over their front door. I intend to paint all three eventually. This one seemed the easiest:-(

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  6. Coming along beautifully Christiane. I like seeing the steps you take to complete the painting.

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    1. Thank you, Ann. It's coming along slowly. I still have not started the second eye...this will either make or break the painting I think...I know that I am procrastinating about starting it:-(

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  7. looks brilliant at this stage christiane ...really like the different textures and surfaces of the stone .

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    1. Jane, thank you! I am very pleased that you like it at this stage...I hope that you and I will both continue to like it as I get closer to the finish line:-) I really enjoy painting stone!

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    1. I am glad that you have discovered my blog and have taken the time to comment. I truly appreciate the encouragement.

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  9. It's beautiful and I like the bright white - like a hot sun shining on it:) Don't make a decision until it's done and then decide if you can live without that 1 inch on sides and top/bottom. I wouldn't rush this one - it's looking really good!

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    1. Rhonda, it is so great to hear from you! I believe you are right to wait until this painting is finished before deciding if I should crop it for varnishing or no. I will try to follow your advice and not rush the end...as I have mentioned a few times ( :-) the remaining eye will be a challenge to paint and I am fiddling with all the rest as a delay mechanism:-) Take care.

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  10. Even if it isn't finished yet, it it is gorgeous and looking so interesting. Amazing work!

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    1. Thank you so much Jane. I am very pleased that you like this painting so far.

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  11. This is another fantastic work of yours, Christiane. Like all the colors you used so far.I can see that there are still more work to do in this painting, but so far you've done a good job. I would like to see the finish version of this.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Cora. I will certainly post the finished painting.

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  12. Christiane, I am delighted that you are showing the stages. I love seeing the puzzle fill in. It's been interesting to watch you diversify your art. Wonderful!

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  13. Mary, thank you for stopping by especially since you are so busy preparing your solo show! I am glad your like this work-in-progress.

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  14. Amazing patience, delicacy and color choices. Waiting for further stages, as all the girls here.

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    1. You are so sweet, Irina! I am hoping to get this painting finished by Wednesday, since this is my deadline to take it to the framer's for an upcoming show...if it turns out ok, that is, in the last stages. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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