Friday, September 14, 2012

A magnetic guest

For Paint Party Friday I will show you my work so far for Ayala Art´s  29 faces in September. You can find what I did for May´s edition here.
 It seems I do better with moody expressions than smiley ones. Experimenting with B&W shading.
After a while I realized what was odd about this one. I had magnified the face x2, the hat was only about x 1.5 and the leaves were the same size! Playing with coloured pencils.

Have you gathered your magnets this week? Ready to make something with them?

I have been following Denise from the blog Denthe for a while. She is a wonderful artist who works in different mediums and makes beautiful and practical pieces like canvas paintings, decorated boxes and mosaic mirrors. She is participating in Ayala´s 29 faces too with fantastic one liners. You HAVE to go and see them! Plus she adds the coolest quotes.
She used magnetic backed canvas, which I didn´t know existed and here´s what she has to say about her process:
These are some magnets I made. I found canvas with magnetic backing and immediately my mind went into overdrive about all the things I could do with that. So I ordered a few sheets, divided the sheet in 9 rectangles and started painting.

But I didn´t listen to my inner voice when I started. The voice that said: "shouldn´t you first put some gesso on there and sand it down, because the canvas structure is really prominent?" No, I´m an impatient person and wanted to start right away. It was hard to paint that small on the rough canvas, but the trouble really started when I wanted to write quotes on there. It looked like it was written by a geriatric 90-year-old. So I put some transparent gesso on there and sanded it down. And removed some paint in the process. So I had to start over in some spots. Grrr! Since I usually mix my colours, it was hard to get the exact same tint, which meant I also had to repaint the spots that were still good :-(.
Lesson learned: ALWAYS listen to your inner voice!
These are the magnets cut up in rectangles (the size of an ATC)





Thank you for letting me use your pictures Denise. It is a pleasure to have you as a guest here today. :)
Remember to come next Monday for your next decluttering task!.

21 comments:

Netty said...

Smashing faces. Happy PPF, Annette x

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful face sketches ~ well done ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to see what you have been creating.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Yes, listening to the inner voice is a good thing! Love what you are doing here despite the frustrations. Happy PPF

Christine said...

great work on the faces!

aimee said...

they turned out great! so bright and colorful!

La Abela said...

Good work with the similarity of the faces. Saludos

Tracey Fletcher King said...

great job on the faces... it is great to see how rapidly you are improving...xx

Debbie said...

Great job with the faces. The first one looks especially good. The eyes are great. I think smiles/open mouths are very challenging to do.

Mary C. Nasser said...

All right...
now I want to try this magnetic canvas, too! :)

♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Nora Clemens said...

Those ATC are gorgeous!!!

kristin maynes said...

All your faces are wonderful! I wish I listened to my inner voice more often. Great work! Happy PPF!

Anne Rasilainen said...

Lovely faces, good work with shadimg on the first one! The magnets look cool and polished and fun! HPPF!

denthe said...

Thanks for featuring me Paula! Your faces are looking great! Well done!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm very impatient and don't listen to my inner voice sometimes, so I can relate. I'm glad you were able to work it out, because they're gorgeous. ¡Felicidades!

carlarey said...

It can be tough to draw smiling faces.
Ever notice that the great portrait artists almost never paint anyone smiling? Pleasant looking yes, smiling, almost never.

misteejay said...

Your face collection is certainly coming along.

Love the little pieces of artwork - just perfect for magnets and for brightening up the doors of some of those boring 'white goods'.

Toni xx

Geckostone said...

Excellent job on the faces, wow! Oh the magnetic canvas sounds FUN, I HAVE to find some! You sound like me with the impatience thing,lol!Deb

Natasha said...

I love the faces!! I struggle with teeth, I need to practice more. I do so much better with pouty mouths.

Michellem said...

Your magnets are amazing - so cool!!

Rita said...

I love the faces, what a great way to practice!

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