Today I’ve started a new collage! I love to paint or collage animals, especially those that are local to my area in Southwestern Ontario. It’s spring, and with it brings new life. I decided to do a torn paper collage of a young fawn. This canvas will be the largest one I’ve done so far at 36″ X 24″.
This morning I finished my preliminary drawing on a very lightweight paper. If you were following me when I showed how I did my fox collage, you’ll remember that I cut out the shape of the animal and adhere it to the canvas after I have completed the background. I don’t always do it this way, but with the kind of background that I’m going to do, it makes it much easier.
Here is my drawing. Reference photo courtesy of Rodney Campbell at Paint My Photo website.
I’ve been working on Harvey all morning, and he now has a face! I think I still have a bit of work to do on the eyes, but he’s coming along. You can’t really see it in the picture, but he has a few smile lines, and a light smattering of freckles. I think he looks like a nice guy. Also, I think he looks slightly surprised, maybe because he doesn’t have a body.
Last summer, I signed up to volunteer at the Wallaceburg Museum. When they found out I was an artist, they seemed pretty excited! The volunteers that build and set up displays have called on me a few times for things that they were stuck with, and asked it I could tackle the job.
So far, I’ve made some non-antique lanterns and lamps look antique, and I’ve restored a horse that was attached to a small buggy, that might have been a buggy salesman’s sample. The other day they called and asked if I could put a face on a mannequin head that they wanted to use for a display. I told them that I’d come up and look at it. I saw that it was a styrofoam head, and that one of the volunteers had added a bit to the chin and ears, and brows. He thought the eyes looked too small, so had carved them out a bit.
I decided that I would take on the challenge! I think I will try to fill the eyes back in a little bit. I bought some flesh-tone craft paint, and with my other acrylics will try to make this look like a real man!
Here his is before I start working on him. I’ve decided to name him Harvey. I’ll keep you posted as I go along. Wish me luck!
I haven’t had a lot of art projects on the go lately. A couple of weeks ago, while walking my dog Maggie, she got spooked by a noise and took off, with me still attached! I landed on my face and left hand, resulting in a bit of a black eye and sprained pinky finger. So I’ve been letting my finger heal and it’s pretty much back to normal now!
The other day I needed to de-stress from all the crazy news lately and did a tiny abstract. I had really no design ideas, I just went with the flow. It’s not the best work of art in the world, but I kinda like it!