Thursday, 7 August 2014

IMAGINARY FRIENDS


This was one of the Soul Food 2014 lessons at Community Thrive given by the wonderful Conny.

I can't give away the details of the class, but I'll try to explain the progress.

We had to start with a 10 x 10 inch square piece of board.
Mr. Esmeralda kindly cut me two squares of plywood and there was a little bit left over measuring 10 x 3¼ inches, which I used to try out the initial technique.


After painting the board with Gesso, I used the secret technique to make this.




This was the end of the trial on the little bit of extra board but I got carried away (once again),
filled in the spaces with colour, in this instance Neocolour ll crayons, as instructed




decided it was too bright and gave it a wash of Gesso.
This may have been a mistake but once done, was done.




The whole point of the lesson was, at this stage, to find THE FACE and and paint it.
I think if you look back at the two preceding pictures you won't have any trouble finding one or two faces.   The magic of the technique put them there.

The little guy on the left was there all the time right from the start, and the person/creature in the middle appeared in the second phase.




The little guy had a strange curved object just above his head, but he didn't like it, so I took it away.

Some painting with acrylics and a bit of stamping produced



MY IMAGINARY FRIENDS




I could have gone on and added more defined flowers, foliage and trees, but I quite like the dream-like quality of it.



I'm linking to the Friday party of friends, "Paint Party Friday"
and to "August Heart".

47 comments:

  1. WOWEE Conny's mystery background technique turned out fabulously!
    I actually really like each of the stages you created along the way
    and of course you would find some fun and playful characters :-)
    Your imaginary friends are super!
    oxo

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  2. What interesting results your secret technique has produced! I do like the end result of your three imaginary friends! I saw your little guy on the left as being a pig-like creature, looking to the left, and the strange curves thing as a ribband. He had triangular eyes and a mane of grey hair. Are they maybe circus performers?
    I love how you liberate my imagination! Hugs xx

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  3. They are fabulous! I love them... it reminds me on my early years where always imaginary friends were around me....I was an only child.

    Jepp .. and I am so proud to know the secret technique...lol!

    Fabulous piece Sheila!
    xxx
    Susi

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  4. Getting carried away with your colouring certainly creates an amazing effect. I love the way characters are emerging from the mist, particularly the five legged monster. I think that their're all quite friendly. Love it, Awesome !!

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  5. You've got wonderful friends! And you 've made them look so real and awersome. Gorgeos texture, Sheila.

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  6. Lovely piece Sheila, looks like you had fun playing with your imaginary friends. Valerie

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  7. Your wonderful imagination shines through in this! I love the technique you used, looks like so much fun and those characters are so floaty and dreamy, perfect for the soft colourful background, fabulous Sheila!

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  8. That is SO fascinating!! I see different faces in the non-Gesso piece as I do in the Gessoed piece. As well as seeing the faces you saw, but seeing them differently. (Well, no one can see what Sheila is able to see.) :-) Very very fascinating indeed! I think even I could find and paint those kind of faces. (Talkin' all big I am now...haha) I hardly am ever interested in taking classes, but this one really grabs my attention. Well, at least 'your' board grabs my attention. Probably one I would make would yield nothing even close to a face. Well done Shiela! I love this!

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  9. Wonderful imaginary frieds, Sheila!!
    I know why you have stopped here...
    Its hard to stop at the right time ecpecially by using techniques like this. But you have stopped at the right time! I love your imaginary friends. And I don't think it was a false decision to put on gesso when you thought it was to bright for you.

    You see I have found my comment...
    Please delete the other one.
    Beate

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  10. Fantastic use of the secret technique. I thought Conny's lesson was great and I never thought to use those secrets in that way. Your background reminds me of a wall full of posters that has been decays overs years and years. Just swell. xox

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  11. that is a fabulous use of the technique... the background is so full of texture and depth... great stuff

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  12. Love the backgrounds and your cute friend. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. FABULOUS!
    Thanks for showing the different stages the piece went through; it's fascinating. Jx

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  14. Great colors and your Imaginary friends are very charming. The steps I found very interesting.

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  15. This is just so sweet! The secret technique is very interesting--I'm sure it is different every time. I'm also sure different "eyes" see different faces! Beautiful job, Sheila!

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  16. Great canvas. I love the idea of imaginary friends. I love your colors too.

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  17. I love all the texture you achieved with this secret technique, and of course I always love your use of color. Blessings!

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  18. This looks like such fun! I love the two faces you produced from the array of colors. I actually found another one as well. The one on the right looked like the Hello Kitty image before you changed it to be your image. Love what you did.

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  19. This is just dreamy. I really love your colors. They are very bright, but the dark underpainting helps to give beautiful depth and texture.

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  20. What a fun piece! I see faces in everything--so that would be a great class to take. Wow!

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  21. What a fun project! I love all the layering. Hugs, Terri

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  22. This piece is awesome. Really love your techniques. :)

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  23. The mystery painting. LOL What ever it is I like it very much. I do like the bright one before the wash.
    Have a great weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  24. Wow I didn't see this coming...I saw completely different faces! I love this wonderful color and texture...so full of magic and fun!! Good for you...I am working on two intuitive pieces right now...the process is long for me!!
    I love Connys art and she's obviously a great teacher!

    Hugs Giggles

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  25. Fabulous and very imaginative! Wonderful the background, colours and textures! Interesting to see the progress. I do love your imaginary friends!!!!

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  26. Oooh, I love those colours - especially after you muted them :)
    Thanks for visiting and happy PPF :)

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  27. WOW, Sheila! I love this technique so much! It looks like so much fun! I just love how you found your imaginary friends - they are adorable and beautiful at the same time! And I want to thank you for your wonderful visit to my blog, too!

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  28. Amazing! I do admit tho' that I love the whole thing before the crazy characters came to life, but they did and they are wonderful in their colourfullness :D
    Many thsnks for your comment on my T post :D

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  29. i love all the texture going on in this piece!! happy PPF :)

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  30. What a super canvas, Sheila! I love your secret technique and the end results with your amazing three imaginary friends. Great textures and colours!
    Mar

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  31. This looks like a great technique, and I love the figures you found in there.

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  32. I really enjoyed visiting here again, since I have not been by since SOC. Bleubeard was enamored by the Pink Cat and I was really thrilled to see your imaginary friends. You are always SO clever.

    And thanks, too, for the visit. I definitely appreciate it.

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  33. This has become beautiful, sheila! I think you've stopped at the right time. A more detailed elaboration would have destroyed the magical charm of the image. The second picture from the top looks like a very old and faded fresco.
    love, Gerda

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  34. Oh wow, this is GREAT!!!!! I love your story and it was so exciting to scroll from picture to picture and see the process! And it's such a surprise at the end! It's wonderful!!! I love your new friends and I think I will try something like this as well!

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  35. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... you didn't like the gesso step, and I think it looks amazing!
    Great work!

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  36. Mmmm I saw completely different faces too, totally unlike the characters you have beautifully procured. You are just so diverse in your approach but it works every time. Love the finished result but love too the journey x

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  37. Love the process *and* the outcome ~ so misty and mysterious!

    Thanks, too, for sharing this with us in the August heART blog party!

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  38. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing it and the process you used :)

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  39. makes for such a wonderful background!

    the colors you chose are so appealing
    and looks like fun to find the faces that show up.

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  40. Looks like this was a lot of fun and at each of the stages you had a super piece of art. x

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  41. Most delightful to see this post again Sheila.
    Each photo you shared really looks so good!
    Lucky you getting to be in Conny's class too.
    Time moves so quickly...it was almost like seeing this for the first time all over again ;-)
    oxo

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