Category Archives: Works in Progress

The Traveler (working title…)

Untitled-1I just finished this piece yesterday and I am rather pleased with it. It is mixed media and I used acrylic, sharpie and paper ephemera.

Am I done? I don’t know yet. I think if this piece is “completed” it is actually going to be a part of a series. I feel there is more story here than this one canvas.

I posted this on my Facebook fan page
 and I was pleased to see what people said…

“…like maybe she was a being that was once made up entirely of light, but she gave it all away to others who she thought needed it more. And now all that’s left is bones and brain, and she’s about to give up the last of her light.

I see worry…like, the person is striving to keep the fire lit, putting part of their inner energy to fuel the candle.

It makes me think of a mechanical being/robot fighting the realization that they have no soul and trying to compensate for it.

“…I see a person overthinking – the brain/thought bubble – but they keep on pushing through the darkness anyway because they’ve got a nice big light to lead them”

I see a human searching for the eternal flame

 

What does this make you think or feel when you look at it. What story does it tell you?

I am still working on the title as it seems that I always have problems coming up with those. Are any of you artists? Is there a master plan for a title? What helps you?

Oddity Steampunk inspired piece

When I create a piece of jewelry or a collage piece it can be a huge cluster mess. As you can see I am searching for a plan over here.

988459_10152353533884321_8494524407585830474_nI just take pieces out of my well organized drawers, only to find pieces that might go together and then I throw them in a pile.

I start stacking them or moving them around until something sticks. I have decided that I am going to use that eyeball that is sitting on top of the open pocket watch as well as that molar. The molar is from my friends mouth. He had it pulled and gave it to me years ago so I am going to finally use it.

10277594_10152354563594321_527459355686671324_nHere is the plan so far. I had an idea when I woke up that I wanted wings to be involved in this image.  The center piece will be an oval trough of sorts that I can fill with resin and the tooth. I added some gears because it looks a little steampunk. The gears have the appearance “hopefully” that they are to function to move the wings. However the wings are fixed objects.

I used to like gears for gears sake when I first realized that some of my artwork was “steampunkish” and I never had a name for it. Now as I progress, I like to think the gears provide an image of movement as a purpose and not just as an embellishment.

Just look up this search on you tube and watch the music video. It kind of describes what I am saying.

Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)

Ozymandias ~ Working during dry time

Leaves of Grass Quote gets Walt busted in the end. Is it Karma for having Jesse kill Gale?
Leaves of Grass Quote gets Walt busted in the end. Is it Karma for having Jesse kill Gale?

While the other side of my box is drying and the glue is curing, I am working on this other side here. I bought a copy of Leaves of Grass and then found the prop online and printed out the same page so that I could copy Gale’s handwriting properly.

I felt that in this box it was important to include this because it was ultimately the undoing of Walter White. He kept this book after he had Jesse kill Gale and stuck it on the back of his toilet for bathroom reading. His D.E.A. agent Brother-in-law, Hank, just ended up needing something to read and found this inscription.

Hank compared the writing in Gale's notebook to the inscription on Walt's copy of Leaves of Grass.
Hank compared the writing in Gale’s notebook to the inscription on Walt’s copy of Leaves of Grass.

He had a copy of Gale’s notebook and ripped out that page and compared the writing. After that, of course many BAD things happen because he knows that his Cancer ridden seemingly good Brother-in-Law Walt is actually a MAJOR player in the production of Meth. He IS Heisenberg!

I felt it was really important to also include part of Gale’s Notebook where Hank actually did the comparison.

Major plot point turn! I bet Walt Whitman never thought his book would be used like that! I haven’t bothered to really research it but I wonder how many people went out and bought a copy of Leaves of Grass after this show aired?

This 'moth' is on the image on the infamous barrel of Methylamine
This ‘moth’ is on the image on the infamous barrel of Methylamine

The next design element was a pain in the butt, however the finished product was worth it. I cut out the Methylamine Moth out of cardboard and then covered it in the same metal that I did on the outside and inside of the box. The only difference is that I also used Yellow paint instead of leaving the design element a plain metal. I really wanted it to stand out.

This is pretty important because the guys used this chemical to circumvent their need to buy pseudoephedrine.

My deadline for this box is here and it makes me a little irritated. I wanted to get a cigarette to symbolize ricin, a packet of Stevia, and wanted to work on a few other things but I do not have enough time. With the way I set this box up, these elements can be put in later. Besides, I want to find the perfect packet of Stevia that looks like the same one from the series!

I cannot believe that I am finished with this side of the box now too! I used cork board to attach Gale’s Notebook page to as well as the page from LeaveIMG_2900s of Grass. There are also parts of the periodic table of elements on this box. I am happy with the finished product but being an artist I will still struggle with visualizing the other elements I wanted to put in here!

 

Ozymandias ~ 1/2 done!

Sky Blue courtesy of some rock sugar candy and colored glass
Sky Blue courtesy of some rock sugar candy and colored glass

So I have a little box that fits into the larger one that I had to situate. I decided to put the ‘meth’ into little baggies as things would be distributed anyway into the background. The baggies are stapled to cardboard and then I drilled holes through the box and the cardboard and sewed them in. I also used adhesive as well.

I really feel that the green and blue will really look amazing in the light! I also put in the chemistry bottles and used the adhesive E6000 to glue those down. Seriously that glue scares the crap out of me! I am always concerned about gluing myself to myself.

Completed side!
Completed side!

Man this looks great in this photo but it is so serious in person. The way the light hits it in a photo doesn’t really do it justice. Everything in first person almost radiates.

I am getting excited and I am already planning on another box. My husband and I just finished watching the season/series finale of Dexter.  I only had Showtime for the first 2 seasons so I have always been behind. Our friend let us borrow the last 2 seasons and I must say though I am WAY behind and most everyone else had to deal with no Dexter for some time now, I am really sad! There are few shows I really enjoy on television and that is honestly because I always know what is going to happen! I don’t know if anyone here has some suggestions but I love to watch TV while working on art.

My current favorite shows — The Following, Teen Wolf, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead,  Revolution, Psych, Grimm, Bates Motel, Once Upon a Time (gosh those costumes!)  Grey’s Anatomy and the Vampire Diaries.

Ozymandias ~ Movin’ right along

No, you clearly don’t know who you’re talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I AM the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!

Ice Resin was used and the color was achieved by using powdered pigment.
Ice Resin was used and the color was achieved by using powdered pigment.

So I am moving right along with this piece and I took some photos of my current processes. In the image above I used some old chemistry equipment that I bought at a garage sale a few years ago just because I knew eventually I would do something awesome with it. I admit, I am a garage sale junkie because I can reuse certain things that people want to get rid of. I also think I like looking through people’s horde and being nosy. It’s quite amazing seeing the things that people accumulate.

I used a product called Ice Resin because I am not that good at getting bubbles out of regular resin. This stuff is great because the bubbles just float up and POP! It also dries fairly fast and you do not have to pour a little layer at a time. It is not too expensive but really it’s cheaper to use for jewelry. A epoxy size squirt tube is about $11.00 and the kit I have which is A LOT more product was about $22.50.  I used some pigment powder to color the resin. I used Daniel Smith’s Dry Pigment which runs for about $9.00 unless you buy a kit. I was fortunate that my Husband that had to mix his own oil colors in school ages ago still had these on hand. I don’t think there is a shelf life on these.

Front of the box
Front of the box

The next step was to decide what to do with my shadow box and I went with the idea to make it appear metallic. It actually IS metal by the way! I used strips of aluminum tape, mesh in some areas, and put them all over the box.  I textured this using a brush and some other tools in my box. To make it look like there were screws I used a brad punch tool and just pushed it in to the design a little. For the lettering I used scrap booking letters that were thick and would stick up a bit. I also used “diamond” letters for E, O, N, S and cut out letters from a stencil to make I, H, N and C. This was time consuming and a little annoying to make sure all the letters were visible.

Then I covered a little area at a time with black paint and wiped it off so that all the little details showed up. I used more black around the letters to make them stand out. I could have wiped off more to make the box shinier but I like it better dark.

The inside of one half of the box is also covered in this same detail but I put the words  “I am the Danger” on the inside. I thought it was fitting to have “I am the one who knocks” on the outside of the box because when someone knocks, someone else opens the door.

I have a long way to go, but here is a little idea of how things are looking on the inside. Noting is attached and I have a LONG way to go with only 6 more days to finish.

Just doing a check to see how it will look.
Just doing a check to see how it will look.

Ozymandias ~ A Portrait of Walter White

Getting ready for a Breaking Bad mixed media piece
Getting ready for a Breaking Bad mixed media piece

 ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away.  ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Studio 659 in Whiting, Indiana is calling for Portrait work for their upcoming show. I was not certain if I was going to participate but I have wanted to do a Breaking Bad piece of fan art for some time.
It only seems proper to do a portrait of Walter White/Heisenberg the anti-hero of the show.  I am not sure what I will call the finished piece but I am leaning towards “Ozmandias” which I thought was one of the most amazing episodes of the series. Favorites aside it might be called something else later on but for now I will call it that.

I didn’t just want to do a painting so I decided I would work in the media I think I do really well. I am going to build a box and do a mixed media/collage piece. I hope it fits the submission requirements because I am just getting tired of the constraints of the traditional framed, matted and wired work. Granted I LOVE doing that but I need a break from the norm.

This is only step one of the process and I felt it was important to actually start with the portrait. I used watercolor and wanted to give it a sloppy look so I used paint dribbles and bubbles. There… I said it… I used bubbles. Yes, bubbles. I blew bubbles on the picture with a bubble wand and let them sit on the image for a little while and them wiped them off. This process is hit or miss because sometimes you end up with a great texture and other times the bubbles do not do what you want them to and go everywhere but your painting.

I used greens because of the title splash of the show, which appears below. It is a little grungier looking but I need my image to be a little lighter to show better.

Title sequence splash of the show Breaking Bad on AMC
Title sequence splash of the show Breaking Bad on AMC

I did the watercolor over the past few days and most of the ink work today. I have been home from my full time job due to a concussion and I am finally starting to feel a little more normal again.  I still get nausea and some dizziness. I stressed out earlier today and ended up with a headache. Painting and drawing really helps me relax.

I decided to sign up for a blog because I haven’t done that for some time and I feel it is important to share my creative thought process for those that want to know where I am coming from. I decided to start typing today because though I am feeling more normal I have not really been able to look at a computer screen for more than 15 minutes without feeling crazy. I know I will have to go back to work soon so if they send me back before I am over this ‘bump in the road’ I have to learn to deal with it.  I am taking this injury as a good experience because I did a lot of self reflection during my time off.

When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life.