Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 21 of the '29 Faces' Challenge: 'A Bird in the Hand', Papier Mache Bas-Relief Tableau Sculpture........

"A Bird in the Hand" :  12 x 16 Papier Mache Bas-Relief Sculptural Tableau





Side View



Lots of dimension and depth







Day 21 of the '29 Faces in February' Challenge!  Wow, I can hardly believe I have actually managed to paint and to post every day for the last 3 weeks....(!).

In any case, it is with great pleasure that I am presenting this particular piece as today's 'Face'.   This was something I started ages ago, as in years back..., and, as I'm sure you can probably guess by now, never got around to finishing (see my  'Pile of Shame' post).

Looking back I can remember the sculpting part went easily enough -- using papier mache technique, and an old frame, I built up the surface to create the three-dimensional tableau.  And that part I was quite pleased with -- it was when I went on to paint it that I found myself getting stuck.  I recall flip-flopping on my choice of color palette a few times, and painting over several sections.  Then at some point my aformentioned late free-ranging, rascally house rabbit got a hold of it somehow, and chewed  on it as she was wont to do.  So then it needed repairs, sigh...!  Well needless to say I ended up setting the whole thing aside for a good long while.  Which brings us to the present.  An online artist group I'm a member of (called the ART Community:  click here for their Facebook 'Fan Page') is hosting an event called 'The Bird Project', whereby members are invited to submit art relating to the bird theme, with the deadline being today the 21st.  A few weeks ago in anticipation of this particular event I managed to fix the rabbit-damage, but left the painting completion for later.  'Later' ended up being today (and at the last possible minute no less) -- but whatever, I'm just happy to say I got it finished tonight and uploaded in time, even if it was with just literally minutes to spare....!  Plus it's just a really good feeling to know that it really and truly is finally finished after all these long years, for once and or all, and that I'm able to say I'm actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.....


(And P.S. Just a note to say I know I need to catch up on comments and emails -- it's been a really busy last couple of days, but please know that I appreciate ALL the wonderful input and contacts and am intending to catch up again just as soon as I can....!  Thanks, Everybody)

9 comments:

Gina said...

I love coming to check out your latest creation...each one is such an amazing piece of art. Love all the dimension :D XXX

Pam said...

wow-that's amazing!!
hope I can decipher your WV!!

IrelandBrady said...

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..♥•.*Awesome*.•♥..
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Caryn Strauss-Smith said...

This is INCREDIBLE and I do not use that term loosely! Simply marvelous! I love it! I haven't read anything yet, so is this on EBay?

Patience said...

Dear Gina -- thanks so much for the lovely comment! Very grateful to have you as a reader, so thank you so much for poking your head in here and taking a peek! :-). And yes, lots of dimension in this piece. I love to paint and I love to sculpt -- the bas-relief approach sort of represents the best of both worlds! ;-)

Patience said...

Thanks so much Pam! Lovely to hear from you again and I so appreciate the comment -- but can you please remind me what WV stands for? I know I'm going to feel stupid when you tell me because I'm sure it's something totally obvious -- nevertheless I'm just drawing a blank right now! :-)

Patience said...

Dear Ireland Brady, you COMMENT is amazing! I love how that little pattern looks -- so cool! :-) Inn any case, thanks so much for the kind word...! :-)

Patience said...

Deary Caryn -- gosh thanks so much for such a very encouraging and supportive comment! It makes me really happy to hear you like my 'Bird in the Hand' so well! :-D. Now that I have it all finished and am getting such good feedback about it I am itching to do more. Between the sculpture and the painting it really is sort of a laborious process -- but all good things take time, no? ;-) In any case I was thinking just today that it might be fun to maybe do a Shakespearean theme, for example -- "The Women of Shakespeare', captured in Tableau ;-). Or perhaps A Midsummer Night's Dream. Well, the mental wheels are turning anyway :-) . And thanks again Caryn, so much!

Patience said...

(P.S. and oops sorry, Caryn, in answer to your question, no, not on ebay, at least not at this time. I do have some Nibblefest Art Contest entries currently running, but that's about it at the mnment....

So thanks again Everyone -- and if anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.... :-).