My He(ART)-Full Life

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Work in Progress Week #3

Here we are at week 3 and I think my painting is almost done!! Posting this work in progress is a growing experience for me and I am grateful for the opportunity.I am learning so much too!

Materials Used:

Acrylic paint (mostly Liquitex, Golden fluid and regular)
Shiva Oilstiks
Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels
Pitt Artist Pen (black)
Collage materials (newspaper, sheet music, patterned paper)
Matte Medium
Canvas (gallery stretched)

Since I blocked out the bird on the right hand side of the painting, I draw him in with the Pitt pen on the other side.

I fill in the bird with gesso (straight from the bottle for maximum covering strength) and let it completely dry. This usually takes a few hours, depending on how many coats you use. I usually apply 2 coats.

I fill the bird in with Portfolio Pastels and just use my finger to blend. I apply a dark blue to the bottom and a lighter blue at the top to give the bird form. The blue of the bird ties in with the blues in the background and "sings" against the vibrant red/orange. I keep working on the background adding depth, patterns etc.

I add some patterns (using a stamp) to the background and her hair. I also add some music collage to the bottom of her dress. I don't know if I will keep any of these elements in the final painting but...I try out different things to see what feels right to me. I work on her face-adding color and definition (with the Siva Oilstiks and the Pitt pen). Now its' basically a "push/pull" process where I push things into the background by painting over them or pull them into the foreground to make it pop out.

Thanks for looking! See you next week for what will probably be the final part of this process.


Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

SHE IS GORGEOUS! I really love watching your progress...

scrapwordsmom said...

This is so informative especially since I am new at this and eager to learn!!! Thanks for sharing. She is beautiful.

Lis said...

Yes, thank you for sharing your process ... it is such a privilege to be witnessing the birth of this piece!

Hope you had a restful holiday. What exciting adventures are you up to these days? Now that Flying Lessons are over I'm sure you have lots of free time - HA!

xo Lis

jacqueline said...

Dearest Soraya, your work in progress series are really inspiring! I love love seeing your work and she is so gorgeous! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Anonymous said...

It looks fantastic Soraya..It's nice to see it in progress..
Love portfolios..(:

amy said...

seriously love seeing this process. your colors and mixing are lovely. love the bird, especially that amazing blue- and i love the softness of the woman's face.
been out of town for five days and catching up on things. hope you are well, soraya!

S.B. Lyngo said...

OMG. Gorgeous. Your blog is so pretty too. Good work. Can't wait to see more!

ArtPropelled said...

You convey serenity in your paintings Soraya. She is so regal. Beautiful work!

Sharmon Davidson said...

This is a beautiful piece, Soraya. I love seeing your process, and look forward to seeing more!

Kelly said...

Soraya, What a great blog and I just love your WIP. I think its so generous and when artists give insights into how they work -- the passion for your work comes through. As Kelly Rae would say -- its "you". Do more WIP when you get a chance. Your art is lovely.