Saturday, October 10, 2015

Face Painting

I got out my Klutz® Face Painting kit this morning. Since it has been a few years since I've done anything like this, I started out by practicing on my arms. (Yes, both of them. I'm teaching my left hand to paint, too. The designs were okay, but I didn't take any left-handed photos of them.)

I chose blue paint so it would look a little like woading. I'll probably need to dilute it down more next time so I can get a softer, layered look.

The first thing I painted was a trefoil knot on the palm side of my left arm. After that I marked out the dotted line that spirals from my elbow to my wrist bone.
 Next I made a sort of starburst with a spiral at its center.
The final and trickiest design I painted on my left arm was a set of Borromean rings. My Borromean rings often end up a bit oblong, but I'm not bothered by it given that I had to twist my arm back on itself so I could see the area on the outside of the upper part of my lower arm.
All of that was leading up to a bit of face painting inspired by the female character in the Of Monsters and Men music video for "Little Talks." My interpretation leaves out the feathers and the gold leaf on the lips.
Next time I play with this look, I'll make the red areas larger and a little darker. I also need to work on getting the blue to be intense over the brow while still fading to white on the forehead.

Other plans for experimentation:
  • Sculptural, flesh-toned dots for both this look and the characters from "King and Lionheart" (may be achievable by soaking bits of tissue, cotton fluff or puffed cereal in paint and using the wet paint to adhere them)
  • The fingers from "Crystals" (I can't imagine doing the eye effect, though it is wonderfully creepy)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Flower Photo Obsession

Lots of trees, bushes and wildflowers start blooming this time of year and when I see those blossoms, I get this tremendous urge to photograph them.
Purple Wildflowers
These are some of the first wildflowers of spring.
They are related to mint, but I don't remember what they're called.
Lots of violets under the apple tree
The violets are coming up in wonderfully dense patches under the apple tree!
I've tried reminding myself that I already have 2 or 3 years worth of apple blossom photos; I still feel that this cluster of flowers just has to be captured in a photo, too.
a tremendous amount of blossoms
Apple blossoms
such pretty clusters
Not only do I want to photograph all of the flowers, I also have lots of ideas for how to crop the photos.
Apple blossoms
I could crop it close-up to show emphasize
the green leaves, white flowers and pink blossoms
Apple blossoms
...or I could crop it further out to show
the overall arrangement of the buds and flowers

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms
Look at this lovely zig-zag of blooms!
I love the dogwoods this year. They are young volunteers and their blooms were rather sparse last year. This year, they have lots of big flowers.

I took a few photos of the clusters of flowers.


I like the overall look of the trees, but I haven't learned to take pictures that really capture that look the same way my eyes see them. I can photograph the individual flowers and the view from below the canopy, but not the whole tree.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

One of the Happiest Sorts of Emails

One of the happiest sorts of emails I get is one from The Mortician of the New Exquisite Corpse website telling me I have a new message. I had one of those emails last week because I had been selected to complete the final section of corpse #0069. I very much enjoy working on exquisite corpses! After I submitted my completed section, I was overjoyed to see the completed corpse posted later that day. You can check it out at here. It is called "Feed Interrupted - Theodicy by Choice - Or Fear Life - Burn In Hell"

I think the visual cohesion is only just so-so, but the text is eerily sensical. "Theodicy by choice or fear you will burn in hell, they say, you will burn."

My section includes parts of several paintings and sculptures: Luca Signorelli's fresco, The Damned, Dirk Bouts' painting, The Fall of the Damned and John Martin's Fallen angels in HellI got those images from Wikimedia Commons, where I also found photos of the angel statues: Angel of death on the roof of the mausoleum of the Donnersmarck family in Świerklaniec and A statue of an angel at a cemetery in Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana. I based my fire on the photo Torch's flame (Cairns, Australia)

fiery hell scene with the text "you will burn in hell, they say, you will burn"
My section of corpse #0069
Corpses are still progressing slowly, but it's great to see that activity on the website has picked up recently. I think there are even a couple of new members.

The corpse I started last year took about 9 months to be completed (see it here) and from what I see on the Stats page, it looks like #0066, might be completed in under a year, but just barely! Oh, well...even if they come together slowly, they are still progressing.

Thanks for reading! Bye!