Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WOYWW: Stars

I have been doing 29 Faces this month, and I have been tying in Greek Mythology as much as possible with it.  I drew these girls on stars to represent the Pleiades a couple of weeks ago, but I finally got around to finishing them last night and today - each one takes forever to color since it's colored pencil.  They're finished off with acrylics on birch plywood 5" stars.

So this is what my workdesk looked like when I woke up this morning:

I sealed them with fixative, piled them up and then immediately started working on a canvas for my 50 Canvases video.  I was sitting here typing this and checking for shiny on the canvas (to see if the gel medium was dry yet), and I thought this was a cool view, so this is what's on my workdesk right now:

The two most important things in this video:  Tea and lipbalm.

So yeah!  That's what I'm up to today.  Now off to see what everyone else is doing.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WOYWW: A mess!

I was looking at this mess and trying to figure out how I could finish this moleskine spread I am working on without having to clean it up when I remembered it's Wednesday and time for WOYWW.

I am trying to get this moleskine out the door since it was due at the beginning of the month and I am having serious problems with it.  I am also waiting for ink to thaw, which is awesome.. haha!  AND I need to upgrade my computer from 32 bit to 64 bit windows, so that's why those discs are there.  IT NEVER STOPS being overwhelming around here. ;)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chronicles, Lifebook, and 29 Faces

I am usually weird about letting things do double duty.  I don't know why!  I probably would have finished the 30 in the 30 with paintings to spare if I would have used everything I painted, but I didn't.  Cause I'm dumb.  I really don't want to bomb another challenge, so I'm going to double duty as much as I need to this time and not even feel bad about it.  Okay maybe a little bad. 

If you've been following along with wonderstrange,  you know I've been doing what I call "anti-journaling."  If you aren't following along, you can check out this week's total spread by going clicky-clicky

But, face-wise, here's my main spread:

Three faces! BOOM.
The popups were part of Jane Davenport's Lifebook lesson this week - I never do the Lifebook lesson.  I watch the videos, absorb the techniques, and move on.  But... POPUPS.  Plus one of the prompts for Chronicles this week was to actually do a lesson.  It's like I wrote that JUST FOR ME (I totally did).  The popups were supposed to represent three positive qualities that you appreciate in other people (and therefore in yourself), so I did that.  Sort of.  As much as I ever do anything that means anything.. hahaha

the Buddha represents being 'zen', in my definition, not little piddly crap bother you
the mime represents creativity, or thinking out of the box.
even though this isn't a face, the castle in the clouds represents dreaming big
and here's a closeup of the weird dude on the other page:

He doesn't have anything to do with Lifebook - I was just experimenting with colored pencils on pastel ground.

I am working on more Greek mythological women on wood bits, but yay I'm up to 6!  I'm only five days behind :D  That's like a Christmas miracle. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

29 Faces 1, 2 and 3

Since this is the first time I'm doing 29 faces, I figure, screw it, I may as well do the MOST TIME CONSUMING THING EVER.  Yeah.  My colored pencils have been whining at me, though, so I guess it's time.  I have a billion of these wood shapes, so I'm happy to be using them!

My first three faces, Heart of Stone, Heart of the Hunt, and Heart of Death (Medusa, Artemis, and Persephone):

They don't look like much right now, but hopefully they'll be more interesting by the time I drag my ass off to bed.

EDIT:  I guess they're more interesting?  I still need to stripe the edges of Medusa and Artemis, but I love Artemis' crazy complicated hair: