Miles asked dh if he'd pose for us and he was game.
Ok but not what I wanted. Our classes ended and my sister Lucy, her daughter Meghan (Miles's wife) arrived by Amtrak from Sacramento, CA. We enjoyed several days of visiting, eating, adoring our grands, etc. On the last day I woke up with an idea of how to finish my portrait.
I made arrangements a few months ago to have my niece's husband painter Miles Hermann come and give me oil painting lessons. Back in the last century that was my medium but I hadn't lifted a brush with oil in 40+ years. He sent my a supply list so I could get ready. He came last week and away we went.
I know all grandmothers have wonderful grandchildren that are talented, smart, clever, funny, beautiful and blah,blah....
And I am no exception to the delights of mine!
Here is the work of Henry age 7.
Some observations...see how the entire page is filled right to the very edge and you suspect even outside the paper. Color and line tell the story. Symbols also work into the plan. Look there is a plan...nothing randon here. Henry is a story teller, loves conversations and can talk to you for as long as you are willing to listen. Love that boy! Have a creative weekend.
There is way too much to say about Berta Bray to do her any justice but let's just say I am a big fan of her art and she's a supporter of mine. I am so lucky to be her friend. She makes me laugh! I spent last Saturday with her and caught just a few photos of her work. Enjoy!
I watched a youtube tutorial of "water transfer" and thought I would give it a try. Recently I was "gifted used watercolor paper" (lucky me to have a generous friend, watercolor artist Karen Young) and decided to make a photo series to share.
First I will show you the final result. Completed work.
Photo of home grown roses..converted into black and white.
This picture shows the jet ink copy of a photo. Look carefully and you can see the first "water transfer" print in the upper left corner (woman's face).
Directions called for wetting both front of ink jet printer copy and the watercolor paper surface. Don't make the surfaces too juicy! The video tut showed the water being applied with a paint brush (probably a good idea).
The copy has been placed face down onto the watercolor paper. The spoon is for burnishing. (a bone folder would have been nice).
Notice that the image is reversed (if text were involed, that would be important). The image on the watercolor paper was enough for me to make something of my liking. This has to be the very easiest method of photo transfer I have tried so far. No gel medium, no rubbing off paper, no chemicals. Easy peasy!