Works in Progress August 2008

Here are a few of my works in progress. As you can see, some of them are just barely in progress, and others are closer to completion. Sometimes, in order to nudge one work out the door, I have to start another work. This girl above needs to be nudged out the door. So I decided to put Press n' Seal plastic wrap on top of this china head below and then make a face mold from her. She looks creepy with the Saran Wrap on her. I'll save her for Halloween and put her inside a pumpkin near the door of our house.

I bought some Venetian Red gesso from Daniel Smith. I primed a wooden panel red. I really, really like to begin my paintings with a colored ground to work on. Using a mid-tone colored ground, you can lay in your darkest darks and your lightest lights and you will start getting a sense of space and range.

I have quite a few more layers to do on this painting. I changed the positioning of the facial features after the underdrawing. I thought the face in the upper painting looked too sly and mean. So I lowered all the facial features, made her eyes closer together and made her nose smaller. She looks much sweeter. Now I need to go in and begin defining things and layering some washes in here and there. Paintings from the early to mid 1800's are my inspiration for this Little Red picture.

I posted the underpainting of this painting before. I think of it as "Izzy's Workshop". This is the second stage, with color added in here and there. Many things will need definition.

This figure below will become a cage doll. A group I'm in will be doing a Cage Doll Challenge. I bought a bottle shaped metal container at a retail store, with the intention of placing the top half of the figure on the top. I wrapped the metal container with plastic wrap, then I put paper towel on and more plastic wrap. I will use Rigid Wrap on top of this layer to create a base to build the upper body from. I am totally flying by the seat of my pants on this one.

So that's it for now. I hope come September to get some focused time on working on creations again.


Lana Manis said...

Dixie, you have been busy! I don't know which is my favorite... the doll at the top or the painting of a room full of dolls.... or maybe Little Red.... or wait, I like the cage doll idea, lol! Too many choices! Can't wait to see the finished products!

Lone Pierette said...

Dixie , that´s a lot of projects , but they seem to be coming along very well ! Love your papier mache doll,your paintings etc.ect.
Hugs Lone

fiddlestixstudios said...

Every bit of it is just absolutely amazing,Dixie!I want them all,already!I didn't see your little wooden~head doll in there,though;)!You gotta finish her too!:-)

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden