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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #93 - Sculpted Molding Paste

I had a hankerin' to explore texture in a little more depth today.  I needed something to hold up to the mounds of molding paste I had in mind, so I gessoed a canvas board.  For someone who is a texture addict, I don't like working with canvas.  Something about those thousands of repeating little squares makes my teeth ache.  Anyway, then molding paste was applied in the shape of the bear.  Which of course I forgot to photograph.

Hmmmm....an underpainting would make the texture stand out, but what to use?  Maybe the iron oxide?  Nah, not what I see for this.  Blue?  Red-orange?  Um... not quite.  I'd seen quite a few artists using a light, cool, orangy-magenta underpainting that gave a nice glow to the final work.  Hey, we're almost at the end of this challenge, why not throw caution to the wind.


This I did manage to remember to photograph, with low angle lighting so the bear was visible.  Okay, maybe it's not mounds of molding paste, but ya have to climb some hills before you tackle Everest.

The idea was to use a subtle, evening-ish color scheme, but something about that bubblegum colored substrate awakened every color neuron in my brain.

Molding Paste Bear, part deaux

The camera just didn't pick up all the hue variations, darn it.  I even photographed it outside.  I think he looks like a piñata.  Or an expatriate polar bear living out his retirement in the Caribbean.


It was one year ago today (cue scary music)...

...that I started this blog.

Thanks to all of you out there who pour a cup of coffee (or other favorite beverage), sit down at your computer, and make a stop during your Interweb browsings to peruse this little blog.  I am grateful for that.  Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to comment and critique, review and remark.  I have found some wonderful artists and blog buddies out here thanks to this little venture.  I hope I have been able to provide a little entertainment, a touch of insight, maybe an iota of knowledge, and hopefully a laugh or two during the past year.  Thanks for being there to share the experience.

11 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

HAPPY BLOGGERVERSARY!!! Here's to many more - and many more challenges and laughs along the way :) I love the idea of this bear retiring to the Caribbean, drinking the local beverage and doing the limbo or slapping dominoes on the table :)

Murr Brewster said...

No no no. Thank YOU.

Terri Buchholz said...

It's only been a year? I feel like I've known you (via the blogs) for a long time and what a pleasure it is! Happy happy!

Terri Buchholz said...

Oh, and I love Caribbean Bear - another favorite. Keep those colors in mind for a future painting!

Lisa Walsh said...

LOL Rhonda. Maybe this should have been the last one in the series, and the bear could have retired in style, with a big, floppy straw hat and an umbrella drink!

Hi Murr! ::waving hand:: Great to see you!

How 'bout it, Terri? Even though we haven't met yet (notice I say yet?), I consider you a friend, and feel like I've known you longer than a year. The Internet is a strange and wonderful thing...

Cynnie said...

haha....your bears are tooo much...I like the "Caribbean" bear....happy bloggobirthday too...I am off to retire with the bear to the Caribbean......what a life.
cynthia schelzig

Karla said...

Just found your blog today and spent quite a while visiting all of your polar bear escapades. Wonderful blog. Thanks for all the work you put into it!

debwardart said...

"Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to comment and critique, review and remark." - I'm one a' them!
"I have found some wonderful artists and blog buddies out here thanks to this little venture." - I hope I'm one a' these!!!
"I hope I have been able to provide a little entertainment, a touch of insight, maybe an iota of knowledge, and hopefully a laugh or two during the past year." - You have provided all of the above and lots of each category!!!
"Thanks for being there to share the experience." - I agree with Murr - THANK YOU!!! Your blog makes my day!
Only 7 bears to go . . .

Lisa Walsh said...

Cynnie, if you're retiring to the Caribbean, order me a drink. I'll be right there.

Welcome, Karla, and thanks so much for stopping in and saying hello!

Thank so much, Deb. You are definitely "one a' those"!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Congratulations! I know that your blog is one that I follow regularly, and I enjoy every post!!! Here's to the next year!!!

Lisa Walsh said...

Woo-hoo! Thank you, Claire.