It takes me a whole day to make one from start to finish. I work off and on throughout the day making decisions on placement, color, and balance. I have one of my children or my husband string it the first time because patience in not my strong point and we can spend some chat time together. I usually have to take it apart several times before the beads are in line where I like them.
Finishing it off takes the longest because I have to check how it lays on the mannequin and myself about five or six times, including taking off and adding more beads for the perfect length and space between each strand.
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Next we have Greg Spalenka of Spalenka on etsy. Greg's shop description is that of Fantasy & Visionary Art from the Minds Eye, and that is exactly what we get to see below! Greg was commissioned to create a poster and has documented that process on his website. I'd like to share a few of those images here as well as the finished piece that is available in his etsy store as a limited edition archival print.
In his own words: "This assignment was to create a poster for "National Portfolio Day', an event that takes place throughout the year to educate artistic individuals in high schools and junior colleges as to the different art colleges available to them."
Above photo: Sketches were drawn with the idea of art connecting to your heart. The image of different elements growing out of a heart was chosen. Initial design and type ideas were discussed with Jeff Burne. Then a large drawing was created on Gator board. This archival board is like a very stiff foam core.
I have stacks of magazines, old books, transparencies and newspapers that I cut images from. Intuitively I place them on and around the loose drawing. The board turns into a large collage. Even though much of this imagery will be covered over with paint, I like the idea of it's energy being a part of the final artwork.
In some of the art I create I let parts of the drawing show through, but in this instance, it all gets covered. All collage pieces are glued down and sealed with acrylic matte medium. I wear surgical gloves because most of this process is done with my hands.
When this first layer of oil paint was dry I gave the whole piece a glaze of yellow ochre, burnt sienna, and burnt umber. After this glaze has dried more refinement of form continues. The process of refining form and glazing lasts until I feel the painting is complete. There may be sanding and scraping of the image between layers of glazing to give it added texture.
Art Heart by Greg Spalenka
13x18 (in) Archival Limited Ed. Print
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