Friday, May 7, 2010

Work In Progress--Taking What I've Learned

I've had to put my online classes on hold for a while so I can get ready for my show next week.  However, I'm taking what I've learned so far and putting them in my art pieces.  I started this box--


First thing I did was take this old box (you know how I like to take the old and make it new again)


The front of it is perfect--it  has a textured design right in the wood already, so all I did was layer some paint on it.  And then I made a background from what I learned in Sharon's class--All Norah's Art.
 
 Then I transfered the inkjet copy of this castle, which is another technique that I learned from her class.  I actually like to do inkjet transfers better than the toner copies. I seem to get less of the fuzzies. I found this free image on Artefacts blog.  Actually, it wasn't the main image--it was in the background, but it's what I was looking for. This is a great blog with alot of vintage free images--just click on the name.  The reason, I wanted to use this castle-like image, is that I wanted to keep up with the Tudor theme that I'm learning in Suzi's class.

When I was creating this face, I was also watching the lesson of Suzi's, and she was well into her painting when she decided to change the features of her face, because she knew they weren't right--so she fixed them.  Well, I wasn't liking my nose (I'm having SO much problems with these noses at this angle!) I watched how she did her corrections, and I followed along, and now I'm happier with the nose.  Normally, I would have been afraid to do this, but I just watched her and I was able to do it! 

So this is Mother's Day weekend in the U.S., and I hope everyone has a wonderful day on Sunday.  Our weather isn't looking too promising, but it's Spring, and that's all that matters!  So happy Mother's Day everyone!!


45 comments:

sharon said...

This is really gorgeous Diane, and my favorite color! I love the look of the paint over the texture on the front, and how you can see the sheet music. I think you face is incredible!
Thank you for your kind comments, and a beautiful Happy Mother's Day to you!

Lisa said...

Great nose! : ) Noses are always so hard and you did it on an angle. I too love to make new out of old...giving it a second life I call it : )

Have a great day Diane

Buffy said...

I have trouble with noses too! I think your girl is Gorgeous and her nose is perfect too. Love the box. I really love the colors. I hope you have a nice mothers day too.

Janine said...

Wow Diane, this is beautiful!

Mary said...

Oh wow! You transformed this into something beautiful!!! What a treasure!!

Happy Mother's Day to you too!!

Sharon said...

The box is wonderful. The face is beautiful. Thanks for the shout out. You are special.

Janie Husband said...

your box is beautiful, Diane...Isn't it great to be able to take these online classes in the comfort of our own home...I have learned sooo much from them also.....;)

Jonny said...

She beautiful Dianne!!! love the colors. Her face is very pretty. When I do a nose I line up the end of the nostrils with the the beginning of the eyes and the ends of lips with beginning of iris and the its seems to fall into place if it doesn't look right to me I look at it in a mirror and it will show me my mistakes. I cant believe your show is so close. I believe you will do well your work is amazing -Have a beautiful Mothers day. Sincerely, Jonny

Jeanne Nelson said...

Beautiful Box, Diane! TY for the link to the vintage art, ;) ~~ some awesome stuff there. Best wishes with your show!!!! Happy Mother's Day, to you also! (((Big Hugs)))

Janet Ghio said...

The box is just wonderful! Hope you have a good and productive weekend!!

Martha Lever said...

She is beautiful and yes, I do know how hard that nose is. I haven't drawn to many of hem yet and I skipped the profile all together. Your girls turn out so beautiful.

La Dolce Vita said...

this looks fabulous and a great upcycles piece!

NatashaMay said...

You did an awesome job with this box. Love it!

thenextarrow said...

gorgeous! you have such a talent.

:)

xo Alison

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Beautiful, I love it! The face, the hair, the castle...Gorgeous! I have always dreamed about going to Europe and getting my picture taken in front of a castle wearing a princess gown and that's what this box reminds me of. :)
Would you recommend Sharon's class? It's one I've thought would be fun to take. Happy Mothers Day to you.
♥Jenny

Butterfly Works said...

She's beautiful....and the transformation in the box...WOW...thanks too for sharing the process because it's very helpful for us who are novice....
I have enjoyed taking her class as well; learned so much....
Hugs and Blessings

mystele said...

oh my goodness. this is gorgeous!

Joella said...

what a beautiful transformation!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

How amazingly beautiful! You are going to do so well at this show. Everything about the box is just amazing - from the lovely maiden to that castle transfer. :) Theresa

Beth A. said...

How beautiful! I love your work!

Debby said...

Hi Diane, This is really, really gorgeous, love all the different elements from the classes you have taken. Awesome work, my friend. Happy Mother's Day!
Debby

Marilyn Rock said...

Absolutely gorgeous Diane! I have much trouble with noses but it appears that you have it down here. Have a great weekend....Marilyn xxoo Happy Mother's Day!

Martha Lever said...

Hey Diane,
I will let you know how I like it. I am sure I will because I am kinda into that messy graffiti look right now. I am actually a bit weary of the Tudors but I do love to watch Suzi create her girls.

Emelie said...

Beautiful box and so nice to have that texture already there for great look. A great nicely done face also and it is nice that you use all the learned techniques.
I do also and then I find one I forgot and that is why something doesn't look exactly right. So the push is on to get some new things done for the up coming show.
Wishing you days with no interruptions.

Dianne said...

It's absolutely beautiful!

Joyce said...

Diane I love this box !! I have to go find myself a box, that would be so great

Joyce♥Mrs.Sew+So said...

entered my link wrongly sorry

Shawn Caro said...

I really love this one, Diane. The cool colors are my favorite and your ladies are looking more and more beautiful. Thanks for sharing your process! Happy Mother's Day to you too.

Susan HP said...

That is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! You put a smile on my face on an early Saturday morning! Amazing!

Kelly Berkey said...

Happy Mother's Day Diane!
I'm so loving your work. I sign up for Suzi's class today!! Yay, I'm finally at a place where I can paint again and I can't wait!!
I'll be visiting with you more in SuziLand.
Love and hugs,
Kelly

SKIZO said...

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Mandy Higgs said...

I love this!!!! Beautiful face,,that's very hard to paint and pull it off in the way you've done Diane!!
Very Good,
~Mandy

claire barone art said...

THAT BOX IS SOOO LOVELY HER FACE AND THE BLUE YOU ARE REALLY GOOD AT TRANSFORMING THINGS XXXX

Marlynn said...

Diane - really a great work of art. Thanks for the like to the other blog. Love her face. Love the texture of the box. Just down right love everything about it! Hugs (Oliver, Larcy and I are headed to 5 Guys Burger place tonight.... Oliver gets to ride in the convertible for his top down ride of the year! LOL)

Terri said...

Diane, your box is really lovely. Her nose looks really good to me.
I am not so good at the nose.
I love Suzi's classes too, she is really good at showing what to do.
I love the look of your blog.

Christa Irell said...

Diane, it's wonderful! I love how you are incorporating things from your classes into your work! I have only just started the Piety & Passion- thank goodness we have all summer! You did a lovely job on the 3/4 view and her nose is perfect. I love your work, you are so very talented- everything you make is exceptional and inspiring! Thanks also for the link- going to check it out now. Happy Mother's Day for tomorrow!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm so far behind in looking at your blog. I've been away too long and am slowly trying to catch up.

As always, I am in awe of your mixed media pieces, but this one is even more special because of the face you have drawn on the box. It's always good to apply what you've learned. It often means as much to the teacher as the student. I've tried ink jet transfers and without the special paper you need, I never have any luck. Glad you do.

Happy Mother's Day and good luck with the show next week.

Rina said...

she is gorgeous Diane....great job...I've only done two sketches and don't like em now...have yet to go back to them or start another...and I'll admit I've been really bad with suzi's class not really watching/practicing....take care

Heather said...

How pretty and fun! And I love that its functional art as well. Good luck with your upcoming show!~

Dezinaworld said...

Beautiful breathtaking work. This is an amazing alteration

joanna said...

What a beautiful box Diane!! love the girl!! I'm sure your show will be fantastic!
xoxo

joanna said...

What a beautiful box Diane!! love the girl!! I'm sure your show will be fantastic!
xoxo

Gaby Bee said...

Your box is absolutely stunning! You have done a wonderful job...such great eye candy! Gaby xo

Linda said...

Diane this is fantastic! You must be so proud of yourself - I know I would be.
You've got the 3/4 face sorted!!!
Just beautiful......

Art by Sascalia said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! Your box is beautiful and the face is gorgeous! x

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