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Friday, February 10, 2012

A Close Look At Amour...And Two Other Mixed Media Art Pieces












Hi There.

Here are the close-ups of the other three art pieces that'll be for sale (only $35!!) in the Petite Valentin art show at Zinnia, starting tomorrow.  Stop by and say "Hi"!  The opening is Sat, the 11th from 6-9pm, but the show will continue for the rest of the month, ... what doesn't sell right away that is!!  They're going to be selling the art right off the wall so you can take yours home right away!  Zinnia is an amazing little art store in South Pasadena.  I'm planning on hanging out at Zinnia for a while, then cruising around the area.  The opening is part of the South Pasadena Arts Crawl, so I want to check out some of the other galleries too.  I can't wait!  There's going to be lots of art, live music, and food in the area!  Yahoo!


Ok, speaking of art...










This is "Amour".  
It's made on a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 piece of wood.  I started it off by glueing down vintage French book pages, then layered some heavy gel medium over them.  I used a stencil and the gel medium to create the word "amour", then when it dried, I painted over the whole thing. I drew the Eiffel Tower with graphite and glued down a piece of black lace across the bottom.  I added copper tacks, a tiny crocheted circle, and a heart I cut out from plaster cloth and painted red.  Then, as with all six pieces, I sealed it to protect it and keep things from smudging.



Next up is "Be Gentle".  
I love this one.  OK,  I love them all, (each one is a favorite!?), but this one doesn't look as great in photo as it does in person..the subtle colors and textures, etc..  It's done on a 4 3/8" x 5" piece of wood.  I also started this by gluing down the vintage French book pages and covering them with heavy gel medium and paint...


 I cut a piece of plaster cloth, wet it, folded it in half and layed it to dry on a piece of wax paper.  When it was dry, I used an exacto knife to cut out a heart (I used the inside heart shape on "Be Still") and glued down the "heart window" over the base.  I painted and antiqued it, and added copper tacks and twine.  I filled in the center of the heart with clear crackle paint (to show how fragile the heart is) and when dry, I antiqued it to show the cracks then used paint to stamp the message, "Be Gentle", on it.


The last piece below is titled "Treasured".
  It's on a 4 3/8" x 4 3/8" piece of wood.  I wet a piece of plaster cloth and wrapped it around the wood, smoothed it a bit then left it to dry on wax paper.  I painted over it all and scratched into it with a sharp tool, then antiqued it...




I glued down a stamped strip of paper across the bottom with heavy gel medium, and added a small crocheted circle.  I made the heart years ago by stamping the heart image then I covered it with glue and tiny clear beads.  I love that some had fallen off.  I added a few more touches with paint to finish it off.




So there you have it, the rest of the six art pieces that I made for the Petite Valentin art show.  To see my other three pieces that will be in the show and get more info (if you missed my last post) click here or just scroll down one post. 


Hopefully all will go well and you'll see me and my (not-so-Petite) Valentine David cruising the art scene.  Oh, and happy birthday Honey!!  I love you!!  You're the best husband ever! xoxo


Hope to see you all here!!





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17 comments:

WrightStuff said...

These pieces are gorgeous. I want to reach out and touch all that yummy texture! Hope the show goes well. I predict these will sell pretty quick :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Thank you for sharing how you made these! So interesting! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Kristin said...

OOOOH, you're going!!! YEAH, HOW Cool is that!? I wish you so much love and luck! Wish I was there - and your pieces are absolutely stunning! Yay, xoxoxo

Andrea said...

That sounds like a great time. Here, in the summer, we have the Fringe festival. It is always a lot of fun. I hope you have great weather and a great time.
Oh, and cheers to wonderful husbands!!!

Michele said...

You know what! These are amazing! You are so knowledgable with techniques and things. Clever clogs.

Oh and thank you for your lovely sweet comments on my blog. They make me smile. :)

Mandy said...

Oh...wonderful wonderful...that's amazing you're in the show...how exciting...i have no doubt these little gems will be snapped up straight away...what wood do you paint in esther ...i live the thought of painting on something so solid...would live to give it a go...oh..and look at you two...what a sweet photo...happy birthday to your man...take care ...xxx

Heather Santos said...

These are just fabulous! I love the texture and colors! Good luck at your show!

EVA said...

Very very pretty! Good luck at the art show!

Bev said...

oh esther, these are beautiful...and you are selling them in the shop?! that's so wonderful...let me know how you did...
xo

Jenny said...

Three equally stunning mixed media pieces Esther... I love each one... I am intrigued by the plaster cloth... am sure they will all sell (awesome price btw) if they haven't already... and lovely pic of you and your hubby...

Hugs
Jenny x

Sada said...

Amazing Work as always. Those will be some lucky new art owners who pick up an EXCLUSIVE Esther O!!!
xo
Sada
Dressology HQ

Beadwright said...

I really like this dark valentine art. The touch of color sets it off perfectly. Good luck on the sales.
Nicole/Beadwright

SHERI C said...

All three works are wonderful. I love your choices in colors and textures. Really great art!!!
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook
Happy Horse Studio

Kristin said...

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope it was a great show, xoxo

Annabelle said...

Gorgeous work. I particularly love the cream heart.
Thanks for sharing your work with us and a very Happy Birthday to your hubby.....a lovely picture of you two. Maybe if you made a frame in this technique it would be quite a lovely place to keep your photo.....something like a grotto.

P.s. Good luck at the show : )

Anonymous said...

Are you selling your art? I really love "Amour".

E Makes Art said...

Hi Anonymous, I just saw your comment! So sorry! I'm not sure why I wasn't notified as I usually am when someone leaves a comment! Hopefully you'll check back. Yes I do sell my art, but "Amour" sold the very first night of the artshow! I do have another slightly similar piece with an Eiffel Tower and heart on it if interested. It's a small piece like this one and I'm selling it for only $35. I wish I had a way to get a hold of you, but I don't know who you are... but if you happen to see this please leave an email address or way to get a hold of you so I can send you any info you need.

Thanks so much,
Esther