Monday, February 13, 2012

More Fun--More Layers.....and a Workshop

Yes,  I  had  so  much  fun  with  my  layered  piece  that  I  decided  to  do  it  again  on  another  12 x 16  canvas.  First  layer--


This  butterfly  stencil  is  actually  a  wood  cutout  that  I  found  at  Michaels--and  they  had  a  wide  variety  too--a  great  effect  when  you  spray  paint  over  them.   Second  layer--


Actually,  there's  probably  a  lot  of  layers  here--this  is where  I  play  around  and  try  out different  techniques,  just  to  experiment  to  see  what  works  and  what  doesn't,  knowing  that  it  will  be  all  covered  up,  but  noting  any  color  combo  or  technique  that  I  want  to  remember.    And  then  one  more  layer..


I  probably  could  of  left  it  as  it  was,   but  at  this  point,  I  had  a  plan,  and  here's  how  it  ended  up--


I've  really  been  enjoying  making art  like  this,  because  I  work  on it  and  then  leave  it  for  a  day  or  so,  and  keep  coming  back  and  in  the  meantime  I  work  on  another  piece  of  art  completely  different  than  this.......like  the  one  from  my  new  workshop  that  I'm  taking  being  taught  by  the  very  talented   Joyce.   It's  her  Fresco Online  Workshop.   I'm  not  used  to  working  on  this  type  of  surface,  but  when  she  breaks  it  down,  it  made  me  wonder  what  I  was  so  afraid  of.....plus  it's  a  great  lesson  on  using  watercolors  on  this  type  of  surface,  which  I've  fallen  in  love  with.


the  layers  of  watercolor  seep  into  the  plaster,  and  when  you  apply  it  like  this,  it's  a  very  forgiving  medium  to use--it's  very  relaxing--it's  like  sketching--you  kind  of  get  lost  in  it

And  I  love  the  texture  that  you  end  up  with  too--


It's  an  ongoing  workshop  so  you  can  sign  up  anytime  HERE.    I   love  watching  Joyce  paint,  and  how  she  explains  and  how  she  talks---she  has  a  very  cool  Dutch  accent!  : )

38 comments:

Janine said...

Love it! All of it!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I really like how you take time to document at least some of the layers you create, if not for us, for yourself. To me, that's a major reason for having a blog.

I'm impressed with your plaster class. If only I didn't have to
DRAW, it might be something I would enjoy. But I just can't get my head around anything that might include my own painting.

sharon said...

These are incredible! I especially love the watercolor piece, it's so soft looking, and I do love birds so much! It's all amazing Diane!

Janet Ghio said...

I love seeing how you transform your layers!! and you always find the most interesting classes. Have to go check this one out! When does Survivor start???

Lisa Graham Art said...

Wow Diane, both pieces are wonderful in different ways. Love the layering going on! And your plaster work...wow! I absolutely love the rich color and the way you did your bird. Amazing piece.

wanda miller said...

oh such WONDERFUL work and looks so FUN as well! i just LOVE how all of it turned out. thanks for sharing the stages, i always love that! xo

Janie Husband said...

diane, i really enjoy seeing the progressive photos of your art pieces...beautiful..

NatashaMay said...

I'm watching each layer and thinking it can't get any better than this. But it does! :) And then I think again, it can't get better than this and it does again. :) Just amazing piece, Diane. And I love what you're doing with fresco, too. :)

Wax Beach Artist said...

I really love "Life is Good"! As a person that is forced to stay at home 98% of the time I really identified with it. When I saw the woman in there she seems content, as I am. I love it.

But then I saw your watercolor and I literally said, "Oh wow!". That is one beautiful painting! Thanks for sharing the link I am going to check it out!

Dorthe said...

Amazing to see the change from one layer to another- fantastic, dear Diane-
and the bird is so wonderful-Love it.
Hugs,Dorthe

Becca said...

Love seeing the process, and the final piece. Loving the intense blue colors! Thank you for your sweet words on my blog about my Guest Curator post. :-)

Joyfulploys said...

Hi Diane...your art is amazing! I love this layer piece a whole lot...a plaster class...hmmm. I really love the piece with the little houses. I'm off to check out Joyce's class. Happy Monday!
Mary

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; those layers! Beautiful! And; I'm intrigued by the watercolor/plaster effect. Your art is so beautiful always.xxoo Happy Valentine's to you and yours.

Karen said...

Very beautiful!

Bren said...

I don't know where to begin because I love what you've done with both techniques. Life is Good, is wonderful a great place to live! And I'm really struck by the one you've done in your fresco class, wonderful texture and richness of colour

Kathy said...

I love the way you "warm up" by working on your backgrounds. I tend to think I need a plan before I start and I love the way you just go ahead and start and wait for the plan to be revealed.

Jennifer Richardson said...

life is good, indeed
and all the more beautiful
when your art
gets to come out
and play!
love yours,
Jennifer

WrightStuff said...

Layers are so delicious that they seriously make me salivate!

(What can I say? I'm an eccentric creative!)

Sherri Mitchell said...

Gorgeous work - I love it all. The texture and layering effects are just stunning!! My very favorite has to be the Sunflower and Bird...What a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing these Diane! Happy V-Day!

Ophelia said...

So very awesome Diane!! I love your blog and your artwork is always so inspiring!

Lesley said...

Your pieces are wonderful. I love all the layering.
I really like the bird on the flower, so serene and peaceful.
TFS Lesley

Emelie said...

I have been here a coupe times and thinking about courage, the courage to go ahead and keeplayering and not to worry abouat losing great things that are showing. I admire how you do that. wondering if you talk to your self, I know the feeling of having things showing and looking good at a stage and then becoming afraid to move.
Such beautifu work, such an artist you are.

Kristin said...

I would love a day with you in your studio! Or, maybe a week to see how all your pieces progress over time! I love these - and that little face on the first piece! ((Deep sigh))
Happy Valentine's Day! xxo

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Such beautiful layers! I loved seeing the progression. I just bought one of those wooden butterflies from Michaels too! :) So much fun. Have a wonderful, love-filled Valentine's Day.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Love all creations, specially the last is so colorful and full of life!

E Makes Art said...

Wow, I love how much it changes each time! Brave Lady! Oh no.... I think I'm being pulled toward that class..ahh! Sounds like it's right up my alley! I need to check it out, especially after seeing your gorgeous art from the class!!

Thanks for all your kind comments, I'm WAY behind returning them, but I was laughing hard at you trying to find the mannequin in my Gingko Leaf painting post. If you blow up the photo of my art desk, you can see a TINY artist's mannequin (the one's you can bend to help you draw the human figure) in the upper left-hand corner. It's only like 3" tall. Michele has crazy good eyes apparently! Hope that helps, lol!!

xoEsther

Faerie Moon Creations said...

You are amazing when it comes to working layers. And the result is always so beautiful and fun. Glad you are having fun with this class. I adore this sweet bird. You did such a fabulous job. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

FLO said...

I love your work Diane and show the different steps is very interesting
Flo
http://lartenciel.blogspot.com/

Annie said...

Hi Diane, Thanks for sharing the work in progress photo's. Both of your pieces are fabulous :o)
Thanks also for the link to Joyce.

Buffy said...

I love seeing how you do each layer. Love the end result to.

Cameron said...

Oh my gosh, Diane!! Both pieces are just delightful!!
Life is good is so vibrant with those wonderful layered bits peeking out at just the right spots....and what you've done with Joyce's instruction is truly marvelous!
The texture is soooo cool!!

Your work always makes me smile!
Thank you :D

Kim Mailhot said...

Love the page in its many stages ! Fun, fun, fun !

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
Oh, just love, love the latest piece.
Fabulous!
I know its been a while, gosh I haven't even posted in over one month but i'm still around and had too pop over.
Soo glad I did, you are always an inspiration.
Creative hugs,
Anna

BlackPumpkin said...

Amazing works!!

Kristin said...

Thank you! You're right! It was my birthday present to myself ;) I hope your's was great too, xoxo

Anniek said...

Hi Diane,
Just had to pay your blog a visit after you showed us your latest piece of art from Joyce's workshop at Facebook! I LOVE the boxes you make!! I also love your first fresco. Wonderful design and colors!!

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful to see your layers and what you do with them.
Also your class piece is wonderful, that bird is quite charming.

Joyce van der Lely said...

Diane, you do me proud, you make gorgeous art always (and in my class ♥) and you are such a wonderful blogger too, thanks so much for linking to me in this post. Week 6 lesson is up now ! xoxo Joyce

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