Saturday, June 9, 2012

Playing around with other mediums

I wanted to share with you my 'first' painting. I've done a little bit of painting in the past, but always found it a somewhat frustrating exercise. I bought this small, blank, beveled piece of wood in the woodworking section at the craft store. Last week I decided to just paint something on it. Nothing too complicated, just something simple and fun. I've Halloween on the brain lately (it's ONLY a few months away), and while I didn't want to make it Halloween specific, I wanted to make it Halloween flavored (hince the Orange & Black). The most frustrating thing about this piece is the orange paints I have. NONE of them leave a good coat when you put in down, and I had to go over the orange parts at least 5 or six times to get a decent colorful orange. I think I might try doing more of these little paintings. This first attempt was very encouraging, and if I practice more, I'm sure to get better at it. 

Another thing I've been dabbling in is cut paper. Although this piece is from back in March. I did this cut-paper Barbarella for a gallery show at ZaPow! that ran through April. Unfortunately, this is the only good photo I have of the piece (and for whatever reason, it really looks better in person, than in the photo), because it sold. I really want to do more cut paper, because it so much like what I do in Illustrator, making shapes & layering them. I've bought a huge pile of paper from the scrapbooking section of the craft store, in all kinds of colors. I just need to figure out what I'm going to do first.

And while I'm very interested in exploring these new mediums, I still have other pressing deadlines that I need to attend to. Maybe after July I'll be able to do some more original art.

Oh and about Wonderfest: Thank you to all of you who came by to see me at my table. And for those of you who don't know, my husband broke his ankle Saturday night. I stayed up all night at the ER in KY, then went back to the hotel and slept for a few hours. Then got up and went to Wonderfest for a few hours before going back to the hospital. He's on the mend now, but it was a very unfortunate turn of events for our vacation. But everyone was very supportive and helpful and I really appreciate it!