Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Summer 1958



For Wednesday Stamper this week, the theme is to post some of our current favorite pieces. These days I am in love with my acrylic paints. I am reading books by Bernie Berlin and Claudine Hellmuth, plus throwing in the things I learned in my Michael deMeng class pertaining to mixing Golden fluid acrylics. This is a great time for me. I am learning to do so much! A big challenge I am having is to incorporate my justjohanna rubber stamps into the projects that I admire so much when looking through all of the books and magazines I have purchased. I have quite the library over here!


For this canvas, I used the circle dot background from justjohanna. This is a very versatile stamp. I am going to keep practicing with vintage images and justjohanna stamps, because…well, because that is what my brain is telling me to do. There are so many talented members on the justjohanna design team! I am in love with the images and all of the work that they create using them. If you browse through the justjohanna gallery, you get a really nice treat- the projects vary so much, there is always something neat to find!


That bathing beauty is my grandmother. The picture was taken while she was on vacation in Florida in 1958. The canvas has a really awesome sheen to it. I used my fingers to mix in a thin glaze of interference green paint. I could not use the camera to capture the sheen…the camera could not focus in on the small text.


I’ve got another 2 day class coming up on August 3rd and 5th. I can’t wait! It is one thing to read about these techniques in a book and another thing to hear (and see)an artist speak about them in person. We’re going to learn all about transfer techniques as well as more Golden paint techniques!

15 comments:

Tami said...

It's wonderful to look at, and then I read that is your grandmother. That makes it even more endearing. Great work. Have fun in your class.

running on ink said...

This is so cool! Love the photo of your Gram! She is beautiful! I'm on the waiting list to take MdM light bulb shrine class- hope you enjoy your class!

~K

Hermine said...

Beautiful. Love the background. Great photo of your grandmother.

DymphieM said...

Gorgeous canvas. Love the colour you used and your grandmother is so pretty :-)

Auntie Jill said...

Julie, you're becoming your own artist! This is an amazing piece of art. Then I read that it's your grandmother.....PRICELESS! I'm enjoying your blossoming stage. Don't forget us when you get well known...lol

I told Leslie that when she started with her Radiant Pearls. Never heard from her after that :(

Auntie Jill said...

opps.....should have said, "when you become well known."

I hate it when I do that :)

Julie said...

Thank you so much everyone! It is the support and kind words of the blogging community that gives me the motivation to continue!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous. I love this kind of art, esp when people use family pictures. That makes is so much more meaningful.

Hazel said...

I love this canvas! The text you have coloured over gives this texture, the words and photo are great, and the stamping works well. It's a shame that electric equipment doesn't pick up the subtle shimmers the human eye loves. I can imagine it's great, though!

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful! And so is your grandmother. I'm really interested in viewing other's work on canvas. What size canvas is this particular one? Your thirst for discovering new medium and techniques is inspiring.

Julie said...

Thanks, Jennifer (and everyone)..

this is a 4x4 stretched canvas.

Godelieve said...

I love when you use your acrylic paints. You do gorgeous things with them. and what a wonderful picture of your grandmother, just fantastic!!

Emilia said...

Oh, another great piece of art! I love your acrylic painting so much that I bought many of thme. But, I don't have a chance to use them. I will certainly, sooner or later.
I love this one! Can't wait to see what you will show us after the class!

Sija said...

Great canvas, wonderful colors.

mum on the run said...

Aww, this is just beautiful. Amazing picture of your Grandmother too