All Wild Eyed and Wizardy

Hi there!

I promised to update you in an earlier post (check out the link under this post) when I was sketching out a wizard for one of the journals in the paint and pass on the Willowing “ning” site, and here is the update…FINALLY! I had wanted to show my progress all the way through so you could see the steps I took. But…I didn’t…sorry. My problem is that I get so involved in creating sometimes that I don’t stop to take pictures along the way. I will have to get better at that if I am going to share with you my techniques and tips and how my artistic brain works.

I used acrylic paint and blocked out the larger areas of paint first and then built up from the darkest colour to the lightest. This actual size of the each page is 8″ x 8″.

Here is a couple of pictures to show close up and far away shots of the wizard. I still have more detail work to do on his beard and on the background.  I may write something on the background, but I am not sure at this point in the process. I suppose there will be one more photo shoot or scan before I send it off to the artist Kalona. I will see you then! I am aiming to mail it to the next person on the list by Wednesday, because I have been pondering on the price of fish…and putting off completing this wizard for far too long!

Copyright 2012 – Heather Gailey
Copyright 2012 – Heather Gailey

This is probably one of the few times I have painted a man’s face and I think I did a pretty good job. I do seem to be much more confident painting women’s faces though. Weird! Do you have that problem? Let me know.

Need a Prompt?

Well…I worked hard all day to come up with some journal prompt cards to take to my Networking event on Tuesday. I am going to get colour photo copies of them tomorrow and then I will ask people who come to my table to fill one out on the spot. My intent is to show them that working in an art journal does not have to be daunting, and that it can be fun and fulfilling. We will see what happens! In the meantime feel free to fill one out of your own and if you pass them on to others please let them know that it was me who had this brilliant idea. LOL – Actual size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ finished

Another journal has come my way

Another journal has come my way from one of the group members who lives in England. Her name is Kalona and her journal theme is Magic and Mysteries I believe. I have only roughed out a sketch of what I am going to do. I decided to do a wizard and he will be completed using acrylic paints and prisma colour pencil crayons. I originally thought that I would portray him standing with lightning coming out of his hands and staff, but he told me was a tired wizard and wanted to be portrayed in an more gentle light. Funny how your art decides what it wants to be. I used to have that happen to me all the time when I was designing and making art dolls. I wanted a certain doll to have purple hair and there was a fight and she ended up with red hair…and NO…I am not “off my rocker”. So here he is. I have not thought of a name for him as yet. Completion to be saved for next week when all the grad ceremonies are over. I will post more pictures as I get closer to completing him and then a final reveal before mailing on to the next member.

The Wizard