Glacier Lilies and Pow Wow

Last week I showed you the start of my Glacier Lilies painting. I worked most of the day on it and I’m still not finished.

I finished cutting out the flower resists. These are on freezer paper so then I ironed them down to the canvas. They didn’t stay completely stuck down but it was enough to hold them in place while I painted over them.

I then used a variety of green paint and sponged over the top of the resists. The photo on the right shows the piece after I pulled off the freezer paper resist.

I then used tracing paper over the canvas and drew in the leaves. The photo on the right shows the freezer paper stencil that I cut to paint the leaves. I used a darker green paint for the leaves and sponged it through the stencil. Then I painted the stems that were still red/purple with a brush.

This is how far I have gotten. Now I want to add some outlines around the flowers. leaves and stems. I want it to look “sketchy” so I’m trying to decide what to use to achieve that effect. I was originally thinking I would use a black marker but maybe I’ll try charcoal or some type of pencil. Any suggestions?

I also promised some Pow Wow photos. I was a little disappointed because there weren’t that many dancers participating. But here are a few of the photos.

Glacier Lilies in Progress

I have been adding layers of paint to this canvas for several weeks now. Now I am working on the design based on Glacier Lily shapes.

Glacier lilies are yellow but I just wanted to use the shapes that I had sketched out over the last few weeks. Some of the shapes are flowers that had just bloomed and others are based on flowers past their prime and wilting. They make really interesting shapes then.

Here you can see how I have some cut out of freezer paper that I will be using as a resist and to the right are some of the different shapes I am using on tracing paper. I did them in different sizes to get a variety of scale. Once I get them all cut out, I need to decide if I have enough flowers. I will be adding layers of green paint over the flower shaped resists and then adding leaves and more stems. Then I will add another layer of paint. So I have a long ways to go yet on this one.

Today we’re going to a Native American Pow Wow. I have lived here for 20 years and never been to one so I thought it would be great to experience. I hope to show you some photos of the bead work and costumes next time.

Freezer Paper Resists and Stencils

Part of my homework is to use freezer paper to make resists and stencils and then create a piece on paper with them. I have done several and this one I was thinking of waves when I cut out the design.

I applied the resist to blue paper and then painted white over the top. But then when it was dry, I could only see one thing in it and it wasn’t waves.

It was a “Picasso” head. Left side with a nose and the right side with a big open mouth. Hair on top, shoulders on the bottom. I think this might have been because I was doing some research on lino cut prints and I had looked at several by Picasso. So I decided to do a take on a Picasso lino cut. But I didn’t want to cut the stamp as I was only planning on using it once. So I decided I would make freezer paper stencils to achieve a similar effect.

Here’s the design I came up with. You can see the head underneath the pencil drawing. Now to cut the stencil. Because I have had some issues with bigger freezer paper stencils either tearing or getting wrinkled up as I ironed them to the surface, I decided to make this in several stencils instead of just one.

So I made four separate stencils which I could apply one at a time and hopefully it would create a cleaner print. Now I am deciding what paint colors to stencil. I had originally thought I would use dark blue for all the stencils. But then I thought maybe orange hair would be fun. But then I can’t decide if other parts should be different colors too. I think I need to go back and take a further look at the colors in Picasso’s lino cut prints. How many colors did he use? What color combinations? What would you suggest?