Manabu Haiku : Studio Images

My second proposal to be accepted by the ReImaging Works committee is Manabu Haiku. It is constructed of five 36"x36" birch panels and will be installed in the New Lebanon branch. One of the five panels arrived shattered, so that will delay the project, but since it is not due until April 2016, I am not a bit worried! Dick Blick has notified me that they will replace the panel and I will get started once it arrives. 

Boo takes a break from Crackle Paste testing. 

Boo takes a break from Crackle Paste testing. 

Boo confirms the layout and we can begin! 

Boo confirms the layout and we can begin! 

Painters tape for a clean, straight line. 

Painters tape for a clean, straight line. 

Loading up the Crackle Paste with a palette knife. 

Loading up the Crackle Paste with a palette knife. 

It can take up to three days to complete the crackle finish!

It can take up to three days to complete the crackle finish!

Panels coming together. 

Panels coming together. 

After they dry, they go outside to sand the edges and seal the surface with gloss medium. 

After they dry, they go outside to sand the edges and seal the surface with gloss medium. 

I use the back of one of the panels to test out a few more color options for the stripes. 

I use the back of one of the panels to test out a few more color options for the stripes. 

Seeing them as a group. Tobin inspects the project... 

Seeing them as a group. Tobin inspects the project... 

...and concludes that the white is NOT working. It gets lost in the wood background, so I work on a REALLY dark copper brown finish and it all comes together. 

...and concludes that the white is NOT working. It gets lost in the wood background, so I work on a REALLY dark copper brown finish and it all comes together. 

My amazing husband helps with the install and makes sure they are all level!

My amazing husband helps with the install and makes sure they are all level!

Portrait of a happy artist! A very different painting style for me, but such a fun project to create! Thank you Reimagining Works!!! Photo by Mark Anderson. 

Portrait of a happy artist! A very different painting style for me, but such a fun project to create! Thank you Reimagining Works!!! Photo by Mark Anderson. 

Photo by Andy Snow. 

Photo by Andy Snow

Photo by Andy Snow. 

Photo by Andy Snow

Photo by Andy Snow. 

Photo by Andy Snow

Shoe Decorating

Over the past few years, I have been wearing my custom decorated Tom's shoes and I get tons of compliments! I created these during a workshop at ArtStreet University of Dayton in which I helped students decorate their Tom's. I incorporated various techniques into that pair and they had a lovely long life, but that life is quickly coming to an end, so it is time for a new pair! Want to learn some techniques and decorate your own canvas shoes? Check out the end of this post to learn about the workshops I am teaching at Studio 14 Gallery in Tipp City! 

My new Chipotle Red Tom's that my Mom bought for me! Thanks, Mom! 

My new Chipotle Red Tom's that my Mom bought for me! Thanks, Mom! 

Some Pouring Medium mixed with fine glitter for a shimmery raised effect! 

Some Pouring Medium mixed with fine glitter for a shimmery raised effect! 

Adding a silver foil base to one of the toes. 

Adding a silver foil base to one of the toes. 

Then reverse painting stars in Turquoise Deep. 

Then reverse painting stars in Turquoise Deep. 

Trying some staining with watered down paints. 

Trying some staining with watered down paints. 

The other toe gets it's makeup done while it waits. 

The other toe gets it's makeup done while it waits. 

The eyeshadow is sealed with a gel medium and some glazes of paint are added. I also add a temporary tattoo of a bird to the other shoe and seal it. 

The eyeshadow is sealed with a gel medium and some glazes of paint are added. I also add a temporary tattoo of a bird to the other shoe and seal it. 

Some glazes of blue and an attempt at temporary tattoo metallic stars. 

Some glazes of blue and an attempt at temporary tattoo metallic stars. 

My old pair, featuring tissue paper and chunky glitter, next to my finished new pair. 

My old pair, featuring tissue paper and chunky glitter, next to my finished new pair. 

I added a wave design that continues across both shoes. And a single star to tie to the star cluster on the other toe. 

I added a wave design that continues across both shoes. And a single star to tie to the star cluster on the other toe. 

SHOE DECORATING WORKSHOP with Artist Amy Kollar Anderson

Turn plain canvas shoes into works of art!
Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 8:30 PM (There will also be a TEEN only class on Monday, June 20, and another all ages on Tuesday, July 19)
Cost: $35 (Includes all Supplies except shoes)
You supply the shoes, we supply everything else!

What to Expect:
Bring along a pair of canvas shoes to paint (Toms, Converse Chuck Taylor, Keds, etc.). Amy will work one-on-one with you using fun techniques to create your exclusive painted and decorated shoes. You may bring drawings or references to paint from or just have fun and be inspired by Amy’s ideas and supplies!

Open to teens and adults for a fun and creative evening out with friends and family. Lets create fun! To sign up please visit www.studio14gallery.com or email Leslie at ltrimbach@studio14gallery.com

Portrait of Numia : Studio Images

This painting is 12”x18”x1.75”, acrylic paint, glitter, pouring medium, lava paste and glass beads.

Reference photo for Numia.

Reference photo for Numia.

Terrarium jar with bone buttons and grackle skull. 

Terrarium jar with bone buttons and grackle skull. 

Sketch directly on wood panel. 

Sketch directly on wood panel. 

Started on bare wood, Thinned Phthalo Turquoise in the wood grain. 

Started on bare wood, Thinned Phthalo Turquoise in the wood grain. 

A thinned metallic glaze in alternating grains, and then a layer of clear gesso. Shown with Little Tub and Trio. 

A thinned metallic glaze in alternating grains, and then a layer of clear gesso. Shown with Little Tub and Trio

Blocking in the skin tone at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Blocking in the skin tone at the Dayton Racquet Club.

Creepy eyes! 

Creepy eyes! 

Less creepy, but looking tired. 

Less creepy, but looking tired. 

More values and details. 

More values and details. 

A layer of lava paste on the rock. 

A layer of lava paste on the rock. 

Painting the textured surface. 

Painting the textured surface. 

Working on background grain. 

Working on background grain. 

A layer of white and Phthalo Turquoise, then a layer of glitter mixed with pouring medium, leaving the wood grain lines exposed. 

A layer of white and Phthalo Turquoise, then a layer of glitter mixed with pouring medium, leaving the wood grain lines exposed. 

The final piece. View the page for Portrait of Numia. 

The final piece. View the page for Portrait of Numia