Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New art!

First of all, yes, I survived Nicholas' first sleep-away camp. Nicholas had a fabulous time and can't wait to go again!

I *finally* finished my pages for the Portland Art and Soul fatbook swap. Yea, me! Between work at the office and working on the house, my time has not been my own of late. And, I procrastinated! That's really not a good thing when you have 64 copies of something to make!

I found a photo of one of my favorite turn-of-the-century women: Lina Cavalieri in my library of vintage images. She was considered by many at the time to be the most beautiful woman in the world. I completely agree with that opinion. I use a lot of images of her in my art work.

I printed her photo and a Paris street scene on transparencies and reverse painted them. The buildings, people and street are painted with a metalic gold. I cut out the figure and attached it to the font, along with a piece of blue script paper for the sky. I added a jewel on each of the fat book pages, too.

I really like how the original turned out. Painting the hair and face are the hardest parts of transparency painting. You have to paint the small areas, like the whites of the eyes, first. I wish it would have been feasible to paint each copy, but I would have been doing that all summer!

The photo is okay and the photocopies for the fat book are good, but this type of art needs to be seen in person or photographed by a better photographer than me to really get the full affect!


Laura said...

Cindy, this is so gorgeous!! I have been enjoying reading about your upcoming Art and Soul trip! I loved reading about Lina Cavalieri on Wikapedia, thanks for the link! Very interesting life! I will be on the lookout for her now too. I am going to turn 45 in a few months, yikes! These are random thoughts after reading the first part of your blog at 4:31 a.m. due to insomnia! Your work is beautiful!

Catherine said...

I like it that you described how you painted the transparency. I didn't know any of that and feel like I really learned something. Have a blast at Art & Soul!