Posts Tagged ‘crane and co’
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
More tentacles! More shiny paint! It must be Tuesday. I used three different paints here with very subtle effects to the camera, but that are quite obvious to the naked eye. The first was the background in a green that blends into the green paper until the light shifts and it becomes a bright gold. Then the tentacles are in two different shades that turn from green to bronze, different shades and different angles, but almost match.
The overall effect is mysterious and ancient, hinting at tarnished bronzes or possibly green tentacles covered in iridescent slime as they rise up through the golden sunlight, seeking who knows what.
Tentacle Deeps 44, 4″x6″ duochrome watercolor on green Crane & Co. paper.
At most angles, I got the tentacles as all green or all bronze, but here you can see how the front layer is green and the back set bronze, and the background turns a warm, bright gold. Below, you can see it in its frame, ready to grace your bookshelf, desk, or wall.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
After Tentacle Tuesday is.. Tentacle Wednesday? Well, there were just a lot of tentacles this week, I guess. This little octopus is a bit leery of something below him, and is heading up out of the pink-tinged depths and into the light. The paper itself is a soft, subtle green, and the pink paint turns a subtle violet at certain angles. The octopus is just himself, though.
Octopus Bookmark 1, 2″x6.25″ watercolor on paper, nfs (sold).
Above, you can see the sunlight turning the shimmery pink to shimmery violet and chasing the little octopus up the bookmark. Below, it’s resting next to a book for your size-comparsion pleasure.
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
This is one of those pieces it’s really impossible to get a feel for without seeing it in person, alas. All the paint on it is “duochrome,” which means the green background changes to gold, the pink turns purple and the green in the tentacles goes a totally different shade of purple when it’s tilted into the light just right, giving the piece almost an inverse feel as things that were darker become lighter and vice versa.
Delicate Jellyfish, 4″x6″ duochrome watercolor on green Crane & Co. paper.
Above, you can see a little of the color-changing effect, though it’s very hard to capture on film. Below, I’m including the frame with this painting because I found the perfect complement. The frame’s made of mother-of-pearl that shimmers just like the painting without detracting from it.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water(color)! I never quite know when I’m going to be done with this series, but apparently it’s not just yet. This is definitely another step in the girly direction for the tentacles, with shimmery purple, duochrome pink and green. Even the paper is a lovely soft green cardstock from Crane & Co.
The spirals in the background are very subtle, the green-gold hard to see except in the right light, but I like the way they float up off the page like bubbles.
Tentacle Deeps 43, 4″x6″ iridescent and duochorome watercolor on green Crane & Co. paper.
Above you can see the shimmer of purple in the pink, and gold in the green spirals, not to mention the sheen on the purple tentacles. Below, it’s in its frame, waiting to bring a strange beauty to someone’s life.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
I actually took the time to trim this cool green cardstock down to size, so it fits just fine in a 4″x6″ frame. I realize I have a ton of frames that size, from when I was trying to get the handmade postcards to fit. I finally gave up and started matting them into a bigger frame, so I’ve got a bunch of extra frames that obviously need tentacles.
The background is pure zoisite green, granulated and squamous just the way I like it. The foreground tentacles are a blue-black that gets bluer as the tentacles “recede” into the translucent background layers. I like the extra dimension the piece gets from colored paper and colored tentacles as well as the usual colored background, the whole thing is sort of eerie and otherworldly.
Tentacle Deeps 30, 6″x4″ watercolor on paper.
The color in the above close-up shot is a bit off, my camera keeps trying to add red to correct the green, but it’s still cool. Below you can see it with my iPhone for scale. I always think it’s neat seeing the art reflected in the surface of the phone, even if I don’t love the reflections of the room in the glass on the artwork.
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
I did a pair of Snape sketches a few years back, and I found this one lurking on my hard drive when I went looking for pieces to round out the week. They were sent off to friends who hopefully still appreciate them, and I’ve always liked this one a bit better of the two (ssh, don’t tell). I’d originally bought this paper hoping to do the trick with black & white Conte pencils, but the paper itself was too pale for the white to work will. Still, it’s come in handy for other pieces like this one — one thing I’ve learned over the years is that art supplies will always be useful someday!
Potions Master, 6.375″x4.25″ pencil on paper, nfs.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
This piece is an echo of Hibiscus Green, but using the color palette from yesterday’s art. The mixture of the gold tones and zoisite texture gives it an illusion of being an iridescent bronze, even though the paint is actually quite matte. The zoisite is especially matte, soft and velvety looking on the paper’s surface.
Zoisite Swirls, 6.375″x4.25″ hibiscus tea on paper, $77 with free shipping.
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