Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

What am I doing for the delightful Kristin and Eva's Paint Party Friday?   I am creating an original canvas for Art for Life II (Tinsel and Tails .)  An annual Auction held by the Humane Society for Hamilton County 

First I had to choose a subject.  I chose Wendell.  This adorable fellow is looking for his forever home.He seems to have a perpetual smile on his face and he's probably not going to be a lot of people's first choice because he's a bit short on manners!  From what I read he's a lovable fellow who needs some obedience training.  He's only 2 and seems to have much of his puppy energy intact.  He deserves a family to love him and show him the way!  I sure hope he finds one!   He was a wonderful model for the picture I used as a reference to create him and he now holds a place in my heart.



I've been really into creating torn paper paintings of late so I decided that Wendell with his contrasting  colors was a great subject for this but first I needed to paint a background for my canvas .  I used Winsor and Newton Watercolors, first a shade I mixed, a combination of Olive Green and Cadmium Yellow.

Art for Life Canvas 1st layer of color


AFL Canvas 2nd color

Then I sponged on an Umber color to add interesting depths and texture.

Next I painted some vintage Asian text with black watercolor paint which will become Wendell's nose.

Base for Wendell's nose
I agonized for awhile about the right paper to use to create his eyes.  Eyes are so important and Wendell's are very warm and friendly.  Finally I chose this interesting pattern and added shades of color with Copic Sketch Marker.

Wendell's Eye
Then I spent hours and I do mean hours, tearing and arranging fine handmade Japanese papers to create Wendell in torn paper. I was too full of Gel Medium and paper pieces stuck to my hands to take more pictures, it's a bit of a messy process.  Here he is created in torn paper.

Wendell in Torn Paper



Wendell in torn paper next to his picture
Close up Wendell in torn paper

Well I still have a ways to go, torn paper Wendell must be adhered to my canvas and then I'll have to decide on finishing touches and whether or not I want any additional embellishments on the canvas but I have to say, I am thrilled with the progress I made on this piece today!  I'll share the finished work next Friday.  I hope you'll stop back to see.

53 comments:

Jenn Girl said...

Lovely!

Sunshineshelle said...

No wonder you are thrilled this is amazing, I know I would have stuck myself to the paper had I tried anything like this LOL, I really love seeing the progression & this has the 'wow' factor, I can't wait & look forward to the final result, fantastic!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

Torn paper Wendell is just wonderful... you have really captured him beautifully xx

Linda R. said...

OMG... That is so cool.. I love it..

Happy PPF...

Ayala Art said...

This is great!! awesome texture!

craftattack said...

Fantastic piece and worth the effort! Well done! Valerie

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Robin do love him e is very adorable and love your work great job! Shaz in oz.x

NatashaMay said...

He is wonderful! And you did such a great job recreating him. :)

Netty said...

Wow this is such a terrific collage, love it. Happy PPF, Annette x

Russell said...

This is absolutely amazing. I love being able to share the progress of the piece and I know it's going to be a big hit at the auction.

Fallingladies said...

wow, I love Wendell in torn paper!

Pointy Pix said...

Wow, I am in love with this post! If you've ever visited my blog you'll know how much I love animals and dogs in particular and I think this art for life project is a fantastic idea! (I might need to see if there is anything similar here and if not maybe suggest starting one for a local sanctuary to help raise funds).

Wendell is gorgeous and I really hope he finds a worthy forever home. It breaks my heart how many beautiful creatures are at the whim of mankind. Your torn paper work is outstanding - you've totally captured his precious smiling face!

JKW said...

This turned out amazing, I would never have thought of using this method. Thanks for explaining. Love the pups. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Janet PPF

carlarey said...

What a great painting! You captured him perfectly. I hope this painting raises lots of money and helps get Wendell a great home.

Theresa said...

WoW! Amazing transformation Robin! Love your Wendall:)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! is right! He is done so well ~ Love it! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Anne said...

How awesome! What a brilliant piece!!

Becca said...

Wow, what a neat technique! I love how Wendell turned out. He looks very sweet.

Janet said...

Wendell is awesome! He looks just like the photo....you did an excellent job on him. And I love that technique! Gotta try that.

hastingshall2 said...

Robin, I am blown away by the final photo! I scrolled down slowly, reading what each part of Wendell would be made from and I guess I expected to see a Picasso like dog. This is really spectacular. Faye

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Wendell is so cute and fun loving! Awesome work with the papers, very interesting background too. The sponging gives a great effect.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wendell is a cutie, and I LOVE your torn creation of him!! What talent!

What you do to help the Humane Society is wonderful and admirable!

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Denise said...

Great art,looks like a lot of fun too.

Julie said...

OMG! I love everything about this. I love Wendell the dog and your creation is amazing. I love how you created him in torn paper. Stunning!

Leovi said...

Beautiful portrait, I like your composition, you Wendell has been excellent with this technique of torn paper.

Serena said...

Fantastic!

Megan said...

I don't think I could make torn paper look that good!! So beautiful ~ and Wendell's eyes turned out so nicely... thanks for sharing ~ happy PPF!

miz katie said...

Wow!! That's really cool. I've seen a lot of these collage/paintings this week. I keep thinking I should try one, but I don't think I'd be good at it.

Tracey Potter said...

Wonderful! You have a talent for the torn paper, you've captured a likeness and his smile brilliantly. Well done.

Christine said...

just gorgeous work Robin, wow!

iamrushmore said...

incredible! that is the coolest thing ever.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, that is amazing! he really turned out well! no wonder you are thrilled. i love how there is even bits of paper fiber "fur" sticking out.
thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Debbie said...

Wonderful!!

bohemiannie! art said...

WOW. Wow, wow, wow. Just wow. With maybe a little bow wow.

A Dancing Mango said...

Perfectly luscious!

Joni Nickrent said...

Absolutely amazing...LOVE everything about it! YOU ROCK!

Elisa Choi said...

Robin, this is such an excellent work! Art created from torn paper is no easy task and yours turn out very beautiful! You have captured Wendell very well--his eyes, nose and the skin.. absolutely talented! Goodluck!

- T.W - said...

Wow... that is amazing, it looks awesome!
I'll look forward to seeing the finished artwork~

// -T.W-

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

You have done the most incredible job here- it has an almost Asian feel to me.....also, I think it's great how you've taken a completely common- mundane even, pose, and by using this technique, you've really celebrated this little dog- gorgeous work!

creatingme said...

This turned out perfectly perfect.

BlackPumpkin said...

WOW!! That's great!!

soulbrush said...

THIS IS fantasmagorious! One of your best- mind you last year's bully was very special too. What a lotta work. I simply love it. If I had more time, i would send them something too. And 41 comments- you have certainly arrived in bloggyland friend!

Sabina said...

Wowwwwwww what a great collage! You really brought this adorable pooch to life. The eyes really have it. Great color and paper choices.

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Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! Wendell turned out terrific! A great tribute to a lovable dog! I do hope he finds a family to treasure him! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Carol said...

He's looking fantastic so far! Can't wait to see the finished piece :)

Melisa said...

He looks amazing already!

MollyGirl said...

i really like the side-by-side... it shows how amazingly you've captured him. i love your torn paper technique!

Victoria said...

AW..what a beauty! and your art..wow..amazing..gorgeous piece..you have captured his beautiful soul!
Victoria

Teri C said...

It's a WOWZER! Amazing piece.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Ahhh, I love it! Wendell is so cute and great inspiration. Your piece is so amazing. So darling side by side.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Fabulous work with Wendell ...love your collage!

Dawn said...

I love the story behind this, we have a dog and several cats all from rescue. I love your torn paper and look forward to seeing him on canvass Dxx

Jackie said...

So beautiful!