Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Soul Food Classes

I've skipped a few classes and will go back to them at some point. Just going to post the rest of the classes I've finished to date. Hopefully I'll be on here again soon with some new pieces.

Two pieces of "outsider" type art. 

This first one was working with posters and signs from around our area. We were in Bisbee, Arizona and I found several pieces.  Didn't have the materials with me to make the physical piece so I created it on my computer using Photoshop Elements. We were also to create a signature stencil using our initials and meaningful signs or numbers. My initials are "mtc", the divide symbol represents my working life as a "bean counter" and the number 63 is very meaningful, it is the year our daughter was born.

Loved doing this piece too! Actually, I've loved every class. The teachers are all fantastic!

It's hard to see it in the photo, but this is a piece done in darker and lighter shades to create an illusion of depth and "My Garden" was finished with a layer of glass bead gel. It's very cool in person.

We used a piece of material and other elements to create this piece.

In this class, we took a piece we weren't crazy about and learned how to change it. It's amazing how you can change something by using the right steps. In the finished piece, her left eye looks really dark for some reason, but her eyes are actually amber and quite light. 

We took an old record album and created a background with all kinds of media. We picked a song of our choice for the theme of our piece. My song is "Brand New Key". We painted the record and wrote the words to the song on it.

Loved doing this piece! So much fun! We sewed around the edges, painted with our hands, flung a stain and paint mixture across the canvas and threw a string at the canvas that had been soaked in a dark paint. Then we wrote in cursive with exaggerated loops and finally drew our portrait with a black stabilo pencil (using very heavy lines) and then worked in some water for shading. 

I love this piece! She reminds me of San Antonio, one of our favorite places to visit.

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