Friday, March 23, 2012

Sea Creatures

Holy Mackeral
encaustic and paper on birch panel 5x5
 I was playing around with the creatures of the sea today.  I'm using some of the colors that came about in my Colors of the Sea palette from Tuesday (here).  And... why am I thinking of the Sea?  Its the theme that we have chosen for the IM (Ingrid-Marji) project
I got the idea from seeing black and white photos printed on old book pages.  I just happened to have some old book pages and sheet music so I gave it a try.  I used a photo of a sand dollar and in Photo Shop I extracted the background and isolated the sand dollar.  Then, I ran the book pages and sheet music through the printer in the auto feed tray, printing the sand dollar photo.  They turned out OK... just OK.  It was actually harder than I thought to get a good printing where the photo wasn't too dark or too light - both resulting in lost detail.  However, they seemed like good backgrounds for encaustic paintings.  I used this method to mount the paper on the panels. When the wax hits the paper, the paper becomes more translucent depending on, of course, the paper used.  So my prints lost some of their umph on both of these papers and, anything on the reverse side slightly showed through.  But, as we all know, all is good in art... there really are no mistakes. 
Maestro
encaustic and paper on birch panel 5x5
I've decided from these two small paintings.. that it would be really kinda fun to try some sea creatures in a larger format.   It made it fun to use my Punchy Sea Color Palette - a little shell green, sea grass yellow, crab and scallop shell.
I'm hooking up with Paint Party Friday today.  I want to say thank you to all of the PPF people who dropped by last week.  I have to say I was impressed by the wonderful enthusiasm everyone shared and the outstanding artwork created by this group.  I felt very welcome for my first ever PPF and I am so looking forward making my way around to see what everyone else is doing.   Thank you again everyone and Happy PPF!!




20 comments:

  1. Lovely creation ~ colorful and love the texture ~ wonderful post ~thanks, wishing you a great weekend ~ namaste, carol ^_^

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  2. Would definitely love to see a big piece from you! Happy PPF!
    Rinda

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  3. I love these paintings. Your palette is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your method for mounting paper to boards for encaustic and/or other painting. I wasn't sure how to do that.

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  4. Loving your beautiful creations, so much fab texture. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  5. Holy Mackerel - love it. Very nice on a rye sandwich too!!
    Hope there are more sea creatures waiting to make an appearance, they really will look great as a group.
    I x

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  6. Love the paintings and I agree a large piece would be fantastic!

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  7. That mackerel looks like it is going to jump off the screen at me! Great job.

    Happy PPF!

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  8. Maestro made me laugh, once I had registered that it was a crab conducting. Love your take on encautics.

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  9. The details in the crab are just perfect... I love the colours in the claws... your work blows me away... love it and happily following so I don't miss out on any more...xx

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  10. Love texture and color. Wonderful!

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  11. Love your fishy paintings, great work! And I am having fish for supper today! Valerie

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  12. Beautiful work and lovely choice in your color palette. Thanks so very much for the tutorial on adhering paper to wood panel boards for encaustic and painting; wasn't so sure on the technique.Will try this sometime soon.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Annabelle ; )

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  13. Oh how absolutely wonderful these are! I love everything about them... the colors, the compositions, and the titles are fantastic icing on the cake... Love them!!!

    xo
    Kristin

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  14. Looks good to me. I like what you said ..there really are no mistakes in Art. Happy PPF.. a bit late here but thanks for commenting on my blog. I am slow getting around to everyone.

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  15. I love these pieces. the colours you've used for the sea creatures are wonderful and I don't know anything about encaustic work but I love the effect you achieve with it.

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  16. Beautiful work. I love to see encaustic, but I've never tried it. The colors always look so vibrant. Faye

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