MyfanwyNia's Studio Weblog

Hello and welcome to my creative world, thank you dearly for your interest in my artistic endeavors.
“Here on my web log I record my studio progress, it acts as a web based journal spanning back to 2010, here I can easily glance back at projects and artworks and add my current progress. I hope some of you will also find inspiration here.
I welcome dearly your comments and feedback as valuable assets that help me consider different aspects of my art practice and my creative growth as an artist.
Love and Light”
Harriet ❤
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I’m continuously open to participation in new projects, collaborations, murals and exhibitions.
I’m always happy to talk about a special commission piece of jewellery, your fantasy artwork or portrait of a loved one.
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Sunday, 31 March 2013

In The Studio Towards The End Of March, Cosmic Systems Oil on Wood Panel

March is the month of my birthday! After finishing my last piece early March my 30th birthday had arrived and I got whisked away from my studio for about a week. I had started working the circular support I made 2 blogs ago, but the birthday interruption presented itself as a healthy break and helped me to return to the work more focus and refreshed.
Here is a photo of my most recently finished painting, I have been working on this for about 3 weeks excluding the time it took to make and prime the painting support. It is oil on circular wood panel about 130cm in diameter:

Here are the progress photos this finished painting:

I began with a couple of rough sketches the first sketch is just a scrappy thumbnail with a small notion of the pieces composition with small notes expanding ideas of some elements of this sketch.

I then did second sketch to refine the figure of the girl puppet from the first sketch.

This second sketch is still quite rough, I use this sketch to trace up the enlarged composition using an 'artograph' a projection tool that uses a mirror, light bulb and a big lenses to project and focus the image. The photos below show the trace up, at this stage I am quite messy with the image as I am still working out it's composition. I rub parts out with a large sponge and redraw bits until am happy with how the figure and shapes feel to me.

The next stage is to refine the drawing. The painting support had been painted with a base of powder blue, as the drawing developed the charcoal seemed to have a warm brownish glow against the calm blue, I really liked this aspect in the piece this inspired me to start pondering a colour scheme for the painting.

Part of the drawings composition was a little more technical as the cog motif had to be symmetrical to make them convincing.
I like the motif of cogs I use them here as a depiction of energy in the universe moving, where mind and spirit meet. The characters with the spotted tentacles represent new energies of ideas and reflections. They come in and cling making adjustments to the universal systems at play. I like using dense patterns with lots of circle shapes also depicting this psychedelic motion.
I made a simple card stencil with cog notches on it in two sizes. I used this to aid my drawing, using a drawing pin and string much like a compass to draw the circular form of these larger shapes.

Once the drawing was complete I fixed it with clear matt Acrylic based spray varnish. This locks the charcoal in so I can begin to paint the image with oils.
The next stage is the painting stage. I started this time with the face of the puppet girl then slowly working my way out to the edges until the painting was done, building up transparent washes of colour and gradually added sharp edges, flat colour and details with a fine brush.

Here are some close-up photos of the finished painting:

End 💗 !

Sunday, 3 March 2013

In The Studio Late Febuary - March 2013

Heart Strings

I wanted to start painting again, I have really enjoyed the charcoal work recently but I felt I needed to add some colour here are the process photos of my most recent piece, still without a title but for now I'll call it Heart Strings.

With my new wooden heart shaped support in pastel pink, I started to sketch out an under drawing for the painting with charcoal:

I got this far with my first idea and decided that I didn't like the composition, I felt it needed something simpler and a bigger character. So I washed off the charcoal with a wet sponge and repainted the pink. Although it was only drawn with charcoal and I had washed off all the pigment, the charcoal had left behind a brown stain that took 3 coats of pastel pink to eventually cover...

New sketch!
I started again once the pink paint was completely dry.

When I was happy with the drawing, I fixed it with a thick coat of Acrylic based matt spray varnish, this has to be done with the drawing flat down on a surface or floor otherwise the varnish will run and the drawing will run with it!

The charcoal pigment bonds with the varnish and blurs it slightly giving it the look of a wet medium. Once dry the charcoal is completely sealed under the varnish and ready to be painted onto.

I used oil to paint the piece, building up transparent washes of colour and gradually added sharp edges, flat colour and details with a fine brush. I love the way the oil paint lushes up the surface of the piece.