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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

View From the Window


I received a new book in the mail today - Celebrate Your Creative Self by Mary Todd Beam.  It is wonderful - chocked full of wonderful projects that are so creative and pushing the edge...just what I need!
The project I selected today asked you to come up with a composition which starts with a triangle, square and circle.  She used a bird and so did I, but my bird is not like her bird I assure you!  She also used liquid acrylics and I used watercolors.  The challenge in this projects was to protect white areas by masking with contact paper, which I didn't have!  Soooo - I used masking tape to create my dark and light patterns.  I put the tape on the areas and then cut around it with an x-acto knife.  Then I  did the painting with quinacridone burnt orange, yellow ochre, cereulean  blue and quinacridone  gold.  Of course I used salt to texturize some areas.  I plan to work my way through the book using the projects.

8 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow, Barb! That's incredible! Can't wait to see more!

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Nancy. I love the book - it will be an exciting journey.

Dee Doyle said...

Good grief, I just ordered the book for $10 from Northlight. I can't wait to receive.

I love what you did here with your first project from the book. Love your eclectic style anyway. Would enjoy comparing notes on projects from the book after I receive mine.

Barb Sailor said...

Dee - I have been looking at that book for some time and just couldn't resist it for $10.00 - what a bargain. You will love it!
Yes - let's do compare notes on our projects. Thanks for commenting.
You are right - my style is very eclectic - I would be so bored doing the same thing over and over. You ought to see my house - ECLECTIC!!! A little bit of every style.

Rebecca said...

Hmmm - maybe I will look into that book. Sounds interesting. Love your bird! Thanks for sharing. I look every night before I go to bed. :)

Barb Sailor said...

Rebecca - the book is great - very abstract, though. It helps me loosen up and that is good. Hopefully it will help me enlarge my perspective/vision.

Ruth said...

Barb, this looks like a very exciting road to travel. You get great ideas and e x p a n d on it. Wow, what you did w/the shapes is gorgeous. I expected to see just variations on those shapes, not an actual subject in it too.
Beautiful in color, in textures, in creative placements and development. Kudos to you!

Barb Sailor said...

Ruth, you not only have artistic talent - you have such a way with words. I love the way you critique a painting. Thank you for your positive words - they are very appreciated.