In the meantime, I had a good time on the PDX Open Studios Tour, part 2. I chose not to visit a whole lot of studios - mostly just the ones that Deirdra had recommended with a star on my map. What a great selection! The artwork was tremendously varied, from the beautifully rendered still lifes of very contemporary subjects (slab of beef, anyone?) by Scott Conary, to the wild mixed media word and image works of Chris Haberman, I saw a little bit of it all. As much as I enjoyed the artwork, I loved seeing the studios and chatting with the artists just as much. Very friendly and encouraging people. Seeing their work spaces gives me ideas for what I can do with mine now, and dreams for what I might want as a studio in the future. Talking with them, and hearing them speak to me as if I were a peer, helps me to accept myself or take myself seriously as someone who is working on her art. I still have a hard time calling myself an artist (except when speaking to a group of second graders), but I am getting closer to seeing myself that way. It was a great artist's date - very nourishing!
Ok, technical difficulties have been overcome. It turns out you have to close the scanner window to get your images to appear in the scanner file folder!
So here are a few faces for now - more tomorrow if time allows. This is a return to Calvita, the pencil drawing of a woman with no hair. She's gone through some transformations. First, artist crayons over the pencil drawing.
Next, the crayons were blended with titanium white acrylic.
I photocopied the crayon and paint version, then repainted just using the dark mixture that Misty showed us, and white. I was trying to get a similar effect to what I did on the face that I used on my canvas collage - a more subtly colored face in the tradition of the old masters (not that my rendering is anything like an old master's!). It didn't quite reach my goal, but it's pretty good progress.
I also photocopied onto my inkjet printer so that I could try another photo transfer. The transfer part worked pretty well, even if the painted part has a long way to go. It's nice to work with the photo copies and try different ways of painting the same drawing. I think I'd like to do this kind of exercise again.