Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Creative Space: My Favourite Things

This week, I simply had to pull out my papers and paints and get creating. I had a small canvas sitting on my desk just begging to be used, so I used it. I chose some papers from a new pad and skimmed through my ephemera, pulling out photos that fit:
"These are a few of my favourite things." Thanks to mom's obsession with the Sound of Music, that song was floating through my head as I chose the mustard chevron and wood prints, and guided my selection of imagery.

The next day I covered the canvas with a light wash of white, then mixed some yellow and blue paint to add some colour. I stenciled a doily at the top in both colours. A day later, I added washi tape for a pop of green and orange.
After pondering the composition for a while, I decided to make a bouquet of three flowers, using small Post-It notes to work out their placement, along with the quote from the song. Once that was decided, I used the only two colours of FC PITT artist pens I have - orange and indanthrene blue - to draw them on the canvas. I knew I wanted the actual flowers to be 3D (inspired by my friend Angie, no doubt), but I thought something underneath would be nice.
The stems aren't quite right, but I'll fix them with the next few layers.

I'm really enjoying working on this piece. The colours are cheery and I'm taking my time with it. It's rather relaxing. I have the next few steps worked out on the paper I'm using to protect my desk, so I'm excited to get on them!

You can see more photos of this piece in my Flickr photostream.

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