Zombies at the Museum

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Last Friday, the Blanton Museum had a party with some unusual visitors….

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Everywhere you looked, there was something unexpected
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The Dead Music Capital Band showed up with jazzy sounds that echoed through the galleries…

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Very lively music for a band of dead folks!
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And I couldn’t resist capturing this bloody beauty gazing at some of the red smeared art in the James Drake exhibit. I’m not really into horror and creepy stuff, but the contrast of the white and the red…well, I saw the shots in my head as soon as I saw her. Thankfully, she was a nice zombie and allowed me to indulge in my artistic endeavors for a minute before the show!

You can read more about Texas native, James Drake, and the exhibit on the Blanton web site.

 

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Linoleum Block Icon Print

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There’s an Icon exhibit coming up at a nearby church I’ve been visiting.  I decided to turn this drawing into a stamp.

And then, just as I was about to start, I remembered how easily the last stamp split and cracked after a few uses.

So I decided to carve it into a linoleum block. I traced the drawing *(reduced by 50%) onto the block using red transfer paper and a stylus…

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Ready to carve…
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I carefully carved along the lines with the second smallest cutter tip I had. My set is the standard Speedball set you find at craft stores.  I also used Speedball brayer and printing inks.

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Will I ever learn!?

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I tried this aged parchment first, but it was too bumpy for a clear print…

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Several more tries…

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Yes, I really do my art in the kitchen. No fancy studio here.

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My artist friends helped me decide which color to frame for the exhibit. I like the contrast!

Hope you’re having a good week, I’m off to the store to buy more band-aids.  ~Scarlett

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Candy Corn Queen 2014

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This year’s Candy Corn Queen is Celtic~

As always, I started with some sketching to work out the composition.

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I decided to stylize the drawing (see below). I used ZIG pens and Copic markers to color the copy I made onto aged parchment.

This year’s Queen, while a warrior, also features small delicate butterflies with candy corn, in memory of my precious Knox.  It’s been 8 months since Knox went to heaven.  My head was always brimming with ideas when he was with me.  I began designing a queen to celebrate my favorite fall candy the year he was born. You can see the previous Queens here: 2010  2011  2012  2013.  This is the 5th Candy Corn Queen and I look forward to it every year!  Don’t forget to visit Knox’s Etsy shop if you’d like to order some cards. All proceeds go to Cockayne Syndrome research and family support.

Take a second to like my FB page and see daily sketches, works in progress, and photos of my elementary art class’s weekly art projects.

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I used George Bain’s terrific book on Celtic designs as a reference when stylizing my sketch…

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Cropped Figure with Flower

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Another canvas from the garbage bin = Another canvas make-over!

A cropped figure in my sketchbook looked like it would fit well on this narrow size.

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I painted over the chickens with white gesso mixed with gel medium, let it dry , and then drew onto the canvas with charcoal. I began blocking in color with acrylics, then switched to oil pastels 0ver that.  It’s fun to play around with different mediums to see what you can get away with. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes it doesn’t.  But it’s fun to find out.

You can see more of my adventures as a self-taught artist on my FB page

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Thanks for stopping by to see my art.  ~Scarlett

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Pebeo Glass Paints on Paper

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This is a 6″ x 6″ piece of mixed-media paper.  It had some acrylics smeared on it from another project.  While the paint was still wet, I held the paper under running water for about 10 seconds.   I cut out the sea turtle from a similar piece that had a large smudge of green on it.

I’ve been wanting to play with these glass paints on paper, so here’s how it went:

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Yes, you have to use turpentine to clean up, but they blend in unexpected ways.  I like the look.  There is a tackiness to the piece like you would expect with this type of medium.

It’s always fun to experiment with paints and I’ll definitely play with these some more! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

~Scarlett

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