Metallic Mixed Media Canvas Art

I posted the first section of this canvas as a work in progress on my blog last month:
https://trishbee.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/work-in-progress-canvas/

Last night I finally finished the canvas and am happy with how it turned out, just dont ask me what its supposed to be!

After I glued on the chocolate foil wrappers and cd fragments to the canvas, I then painted over the entire canvas with black gesso and allowed it to dry overnight.

Once it was dry I took a craft knife and some scissors and used them both to scratch over the surface of the gesso’ed canvas to remove bits of the gesso and make it look old and distressed. As I did this some of the gesso flaked away from the surface revealing the colours of the foil underneath, I like how this looked.

To bring out the texture on the canvas I got some silver acrylic paint and dipped my finger into it and rubbed them gently over the surface to highlght the raised ridges and let it dry.

Heres some close up photos of the canvas so you can see the detail:

This is a close up shot of the metal Asian embellishment I added to the canvas, you cant see it on the other photo because of the camera flash.
Metallic Mixed Media Canvas Close Up

Another close up shot showing the cd fragments and the foil wraps. I like the texture and feel of this piece.
Metallic Mixed Media Canvas Close Up

Stained Glass Harry

I started work on this canvas last year! Ive only just now finished it, I set myself a bit of a challenge to try and get some of my abandomed projects finished to help get me motivated into making art again.

To create this piece I took a photo I had of my dog Harry and tweaked it using Photoshop Elements to make it look like a stencil. I printed it out and transferred the image onto cardboard and cut it out to make a stencil.

Next I painted the stencil onto the artist stretched canvas and left it for months unsure what to do with it next.

This week I picked up the canvas again and stared at it for ages trying to decide what I wanted to do with it next. It looked really bare and I decided it desperately needed colour.

Using paint markers I drew on the canvas to create abstract stained glass fragments and of course I added the obligatory black and white checkered border 🙂

Next I painted the stained glass fragments using assorted bright coloured gouche paints. I like working with gouche because they are a dream to use, they are watercolour paints which dry opaque like acrylic paints but their consistency is more fluid and easier to blend and work with.

To finish the piece I added some white dots and outlined Harry’s stencil image to make her pop out from the background.

Its kinda like a Mondian meets Pop Art creation.

Visiting The Dream

img_dream01Theres been a lot of moaning locally in the papers and on the tv about this huge art sculpture which has been erected in my hometown.

Its built on a former mining colliery and will be featured on a Channel 4 program called ‘The Big Art Project’.

Local miners wanted to commemorate the former pit as a local landmark so they set about finding an artist who could rise to the challenge.

The Dream was created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, after talking to miners he came up with the idea for the sculpture which is now part of the St Helens skyline.

Today we walked to the park which is home to the new sculpture with our dog to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about and also to see what we thought about the latest addition to the town.

My first impression was, why is the girl facing away from the town and her people? Shouldnt she be facing the opposite direction so that she can look out over the people of St Helens?

Its almost like she is snubbing the people who live there.

Obviously the reason for positioning her so is for the benefit of the motorists on the nearby motorway so that they can catch a glimpse as they speed past at 75 miles per hour. Hardly the time and place to appreciate a piece of art?

Secondly, why didnt they go for a local artist for the sculpture? And why wasnt the sculpture created and erected by a local company and thus bringing work to the local people?

Work hasnt finished on the sculpture yet as the lines on the face are still visible and need to be filled in – they are using silicone sealant would you believe!

As we walked towards the park we could see the sculpture in the distant calling to us, the white stone is very ethereal and literally shines in the daylight, as we approached nearer I almost mistook the head for a cloud in the sky because it was so luminesence and white!

I cant believe the mess they have made of the park to create this sculpture, all of the footpaths have been destroyed. So much for making something for the local community.

I didnt take my camera with me today so I went googling when I got home and found this gallery on flickr of some awesome photos showing you the work in progress of the sculpture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonutter/sets/72157616378351749/

More info about this piece of art can be found on the foll0wing links:

http://www.bigartsthelens.com/information/dream-big-art-sthelens/

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/the-ticket/2009/04/art-st-helens-dream-sculpture.html

Letting out a huge sigh of relief

What happens when you screech HAAARRRY at the top of your voice!Ive been unable to breathe properly for the past 2 weeks, life has been very uncertain and a big feeling of doom and gloom had decesended.

Harry my little fur baby pictured opposite had developed a lump on one of her mammaries so we took the poor little mite to the vets to see what it was.

The vet examined her and booked her in for surgery to remove the lump and told us that it was either a tumour or a fatty lump and the only way to find out was to have it removed.

I was heartbroken, I cried myself to sleep that night and Im not ashamed to admit it. In my heart Id already told myself that it was the worse possible scenario and prepared myself for bad news, Id already lost her. Harry is the light of my life, Im sure many of you who have fur babies know exactly where Im coming from.

We was booked in for surgery on Monday morning, 2 days of waiting for the surgery day were sheer hell, a sense of dread and forboding hung around but at the same time we had to keep our spirits up so as not to worry Harry if we were upset.

It was the hardest thing in the world leaving my baby at the vets that morning for surgery, I could see her accusing eyes as we walked out of the door and left her with strangers. The 9 hours of waiting to pick her up were hell on earth. I was so glad to see her when we went to pick her up I had to fight back the tears as I almost burst into tears there and then! Poor love looked so small and fragile and shaky, I didnt think she would make it through the night, but she did.  This little girl is a fighter.

We had to take her back the vets for a post op checkup, her surgery cut had developed infection and she needed more antibiotics and also needed some anti inflammitory meds to help bring down the swelling. She didnt like taking those pills!!

Worse of all was the waiting for the results to come back on the lump which was removed, we wouldnt find out for another 5 days and each day we grew more and more anxious.

Just got back from the vets today for her final post surgery check up and also for the results on the lump.

The future is starting to look bright again 🙂

Results: Benign Lipoma :))

A fatty lump!

All that heartbreak and worry over a lump of fat!

But at least we KNOW the results and got it sorted out and arent worrying now what the lump could be.

Harry the princess is doing great, she grows stronger every day, whats more since her op she has turned into a right prima donna and requires much more babying and attention, which she gets!

I feel like we’ve been given a second chance and Im not going to waste it for one single second.