Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Willowing, Willowing how I love thee!

Hellooooo!  I hope this post finds you feeling good about yourself and life.  I am sitting here being lazy while recovering from my harrowing struggle with my storage unit this last weekend.  I put off dealing with it for so long that now I'm stuck trying to sort and move stuff in the wind and rain.  That's what procrastination will get you!  This is a new year and it was time for me to tackle some of the bigger projects that have been hanging over my head.  And now that I took that big girl pill, I am rewarding myself with time in the studio and Tam's new class!  

I am getting amped up with my first Willowing M3 project.  Wow, Tam does not disappoint!  I just LOVE her long videos, gorgeous pdfs and encouraging spirit.  Our first project that I mentioned before is the Goddess.  We will take inspiration from the master G. Klimt and "The Kiss".

Rather than going too far out on my own, I decided to make it easier on myself and used Tam's guidelines for her.  The large size of the canvas (24 x 30) has me a bit intimidated so I wanted to keep her simple and straight forward.  I made a few small changes to Tam's design just to give it my touch and I will be using a different color scheme of course.


Klimt is all about gold but I'm going to tone it down a bit with bronze, pewter, pale gold and green.  The accents will be in espresso brown rather than black.  This is a huge mixed media project and I'm very unsure of myself.  Well here goes - I'm jumping in with both feet!


Here are a few of the collage paper elements I will be collaging onto her dress along with glittery paints and fabrics.  It was time consuming gathering the papers and cutting out the little bits and I'm still not sure if I will use any or all of these.  I just hope it will not turn into a big mess!

I should have titled this post "Outside my comfort zone" but I'll probably use it for the next one!  I feel like I'm creating blind as this project is not something I would have normally done.  I need to try and focus, immerse myself in it. 

So... I've started the journey, let's see where it leads...!

Oh yes, I did work on my smaller canvas I shared with you last week but I'm not finished with her yet.

Music in the studio this week was:  Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby.  Enya's And Winter Came.  Enya's Amarantine.

Here's to staying the course with your new goals and having the courage to venture out into uncharted territory!

Forever in art,  Jessica 

10 comments:

Kristin said...

Ooooh! I LOVE it so much! (FAB lips and fingers - those are tough for me) And you are so fast lady! I watched vid. 1 yesterday and am so excited too! Bought my canvas today. I have a lot going on in the next coupla weeks, so you will see me around there more then. . ..
So happy you opened your Moleskine! I really love it, but would love to find a larger one - wonder if they even make it? Can't wait to see what you do with yours, xoxoxoxoxo

Maggie said...

Your drawing so far is beautiful. Tam should be very proud of you. Can't wait to see the process.

Louise said...

It's exciting to see all the bits you've gathered. You can do this. And you'll have such fun doing it too!

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

Beautiful sketch, Jess ! I've also started mine.. I got 20 X 24 and now I'm thinking I should have gotten 24 X 30.. next one =)
I'm going with Blue + metallic... working on big canvas is quite a lot of work than I thought ! I've got my first colored layer down and still thinking through.. I haven't posted it yet, but maybe towards the end of this week, I'll share on my blog too. Hope you have a wonderful day ! =)

linda said...

What a great start Jess! As Maggie says, Tam would be proud. Am looking forward to seeing your finished work. I will be starting mine this weekend, but in the meantime I've sketched the head in my journal, to get the feel.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

The drawing is beautiful already!! I agree 100% about the classes and support and Tam's ning! It's awesome and I'm always so inspired after taking one of her classes! You're piece is going to be fabulous!

Sharon::SkiesArt said...

wow..... beautiful items you are going to work with. Your Goddess is lovely...
Can't wait to see the finished piece!!!

Excellent start!

kattyg said...

I take this class too!!! ^_^ And I have started my big painting and it's awesome!!! :-))) I can't wait to continue it next week! I adore Klimt!

Liette alias Pixelle said...

oh Lucky you are to be following that class with Tam...she is so pretty and like you I adore her long video, her voice, her accent, her laught, her talent and her compassion for others...One day I will be able to see those videos and try to draw but for the moment I admire yours...it is fabulous, you draw like if it is a children game for you...

Would like to be sitting near you and watch your pencil drawing and listening music with you...
Have fun in your nice studio and I will follow your process, for sure!!!!

MeUpcycled said...

Can't wait to see how it all turns out, Jess!