Saturday, October 3, 2009

Inspire Me Thursday - 'newspaper'


Macy's advertisement from last Sunday's newspaper and a handcut stencil
(which I didn't end up using)


Added gesso to soften & mute it overall, then added artist crayons to bring out my focal point...the hands....i LOVE to incorporate them into a piece....they are so expressive and of course are my favorite tool, way better than paintbrushes at times - not as indispensible as pencils tho :)


'untitled', mixed media watercolor journal

Defined the sleeves a bit more, muted out the bracelets & added a ring and stem w/leaves. I originally thought I wanted a blush-pink rose, huge in bloom, but decided on a minimalist look. I still want to add a quote along the edge of the sleeves as this journal is dedicated to quotes /self-portraits...


detailed view

Journaling with found imagery has such instant gratification, it's so easy & quick to do. I hope I've inspired you to try this...

19 comments:

studio lolo said...

Wow, you've completely inspired me!!! This is a stunning piece with perfect results. Thanks for sharing ;)

Please repost when you've chosen the quote.

soulbrush said...

this is wonderful work. wow.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What an interesting method. I haven't seeen this before. Your results are outstanding. Can't wait to see the quote.

sukipoet said...

this is great. I have tried to do things similar to this, but always fail.

Jennifer said...

Love this Laura... I just came back from a workshop with Misty Mawn where we did similar pieces focusing on the face using magazine photos. I love what you did with the hands... hope you're doing well!

xoxox

patti said...

This is just amazing. I am in awe of your skill! Patti

Fotf said...

Amazing, i love it, great imagination :)

Mim said...

I love it!

spindelmaker said...

Wow, this is really great! Thanks for sharing the process, it looks like a great way to make great images! :-)

Patti said...

using found imagery may be quick and easy - for you:) and it's fabulous too! love the way it turned out.

Vanessa K. Eccles said...

This is beautiful- As is all your work. Very good job. You know that I'm fascinated with hands as well. :)

Debbie Egizio said...

This is absolutely breathtaking!! Gorgeous!! Stunning!! SOOOO incredibly inspiring!! Bravo!!

penny patten said...

Lovely painting, I also like your fall-ing picture a long with your poem.

iam said...

Hi Laura, spotted you at Misty's blog. I just have to say how much I fell in love with your blog header. And here you are showing how you did it. THANKYOU.

Colette
http://iam.livejournal.com/

sherry ♥ lee said...

You make me want to run to my studio and make one of these!! I noticed it first in your banner and thought how lovely ... and now I see you've taught us how to do it. I came here from Debbie Egizio when she posted that you had won her giveaway -- I'm glad you won so I could come and find you!

You inspired me and the word I need to type for moderation is "enspir" -- how fitting!

iam said...

Dear Laura I was wondering if you would like to join me in a diptych for Chrysti's decorate prompt? I couldn't find your email. I wrote to you here once before.

Colette
(new blog)
http://tearose.typepad.com/

iam said...

Hi Laura. Yes I would love to collaborate together.

My email is treeoflife@optusnet.com.au

I was thinking maybe we could
try sharing one photo each to each other to collaborate on?

That way we both get to share a photo each where we're at .. for this prompt (which might not match yet)

And then get to respond to each other as well.

That would mean two diptychs like Susan and Chrysti are doing.

Do you have a Flickr?
Maybe we could use the FAMILY filter and put our pic on there to show each other? so no one else sees it

We could add each other as contact/family. I don't have anyone else on that filter .. Or do you need to keep it for other work?

What do you think?

This is my Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maidenwood/

I don't know your email or flickr

Col

Brandi Evans said...

hi there .. found you via mistys painting layers class ..

Lovin your blog .. Your painting here is beautiful and dreamy!!

Smallfish Books said...

very nice work.