This week's color for The Summer Of Color challenge is brown... rich, warm, luscious brown. But to be honest, when I first heard it was brown I thought "blah" (even though I love brown... weird). But then I realized brown = burnt/raw umber, chocolate, latte, etc.. Ooh, now we're talkin'! I also realized I didn't have to make the WHOLE piece brown...just the main focus.
I've been longing to work with plaster again since I did this piece for green week. It's so much fun. I learned so many cool techniques in the "Plaster Studio Workshop" and needed to start using and experimenting with them more. So I decided to work with plaster again for this week's color challenge (happy for an excuse to play with the stuff really!)
This piece combines several techniques from class, mainly transferring with CitraSolv (above), and carving into the plaster. After I did the transfer, it wasn't as sharp as I wanted it to be, so I carved in details (the white lines) over the transfer with a sharp tool. I also carved other details like the frame, etc..., then antiqued the whole thing (except the transfer) with Burnt Umber paint. Mmm hmmm....happy goodness. As a bonus challenge we could incorporate a "pop of color" to our brown piece.
With that in mind I added some aqua blue. I don't know if it qualifies as a "pop" (huh..Kristin..?), especially since you barely notice it in these photos (argh), but it's definitely there and I really like the effect of just the two colors.
I know the above photo has a bad glare...it's not really that shiny (I think the sealer was still wet), but I like how the photo shows some of the depth and texture created by the plaster.
Ok, moving on. Sadly I've missed several Shadow Shot Sundays (SSS), so I couldn't let another week slip by. So for this week I have several photos. The first two are of an amazing door that I saw at Arte De Mexico last year. Beautiful, beautiful doors, sigh. The first photo is the one I used for my CitraSolv transfer on my plaster piece.
Aren't the details on this door amazing?!
In these photos you notice the highlights more than the shadows, but where there is light, there is shadow, eh?
But just in case you aren't satisfied with the above shadow shots (hmphh!), I wanted to find a shadow shot from our Kern River trip to keep with the brown theme of this post. This was the closest I could find in the brownish tones. Do you see how hard I was working while my husband was lugging us and our trailer up to Kern? Yes, it's another shot taken with the Hipstamatic app. Sorry... you'll be seeing a lot of these. ..it's way too much fun (is there such a thing?!). To join in our shadow shot fun, go HERE.
Next week's color for the The Summer Of Color is RED in case any of you want to play with us! It's not too late!!