Monday, April 25, 2011

Commission: Wedding Invitations

I have been commissioned to do a set of wedding invitations in the same style as the Valentine's cards I did in February. Each invitation is individually hand painted, although this time I printed the drawing out on each card not by hand but with my new, wonderful HP Laserjet Printer! This printer serves my purposes very well and the 90 lb Arches watercolor paper I used for the cards went through the printer without a hitch! The invites are still in progress, but here's one that is complete:

The wedding is an informal backyard wedding, and the couple are active gardeners, so they liked the concept of them working together in an over sized garden of their favorite flowers.

Below is my setup when working with watercolor: Portable palette so I can keep my watercolors (no matter how disorganized) with me wherever I go.  Flat palette for mixing of large swatches of color. Repurposed yogurt container for water, and fairly crappy brushes that I don't have to worry about destroying!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll have an update on those bird matryoshkas I'm working on soon!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bird Matryoshka

I am working on a bird matryoshka set as a commission. There are seven nesting dolls in this particular set and and the birds in decreasing order are as follows: emperor penguin, barn owl, macaw parrot, magpie, cardinal, chick, and hummingbird. I am loving this project and wish I could make bird dolls exclusively for the rest of my life. I may eventually get bored with them but right now I am just enthralled with what incredible subjects birds are.

Emperor Penguin

Barn owl

For these I am using a mixture of acrylic paint and colored pencils on gessoed wood. Hope you like!

The family