Caralyn's Events and Appearances
Friday, December 21, 2007
That’s because of all the Art on them. Yes, I said art. No I haven’t had too much eggnog. :P
The Christmas tree is the ultimate expression of oneself, just like art. That’s why no Christmas tree is the same. When I decorate my Christmas tree, it’s just like when I sit down to paint. The tree is my canvas and the ornaments are my brush. Each piece makes the whole picture and when I’m done its art. Even if it’s lop-sided and there are too many of the same color glass balls hanging together, it’s still my masterpiece. It’s not art that only one person can make, everyone is a Christmas tree artist. Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
First I start with a pencil and a piece of paper as most artists do. After I’ve drawn the picture, I ink it to keep it from being too light when I scan it onto the computer. Now it’s time to add color, and this is where the computer comes in. After deciding what colors my picture will have, I blend the colors. It’s much like you would with a paintbrush only a lot less clean up. I add and take colors using the color index until I create the desired color.
I then add my color to the picture. I make a base color, (a darker shade of the chosen color). I fill in the area with the base making sure to get every small detail by zooming in to color it. It’s not just a matter of clicking the icon, I use the mouse like a brush as I add the different colors. I then color over it with the chosen color, carefully leaving any areas I wish to be shaded open for the base to show through. Then starting with the chosen color, I readjust it to make highlights or shadows on my picture. Each small color difference is a result of adjusting and readjusting to get the precise color I want. True, I don’t have paint all over my face and clothes when I am finished, but I believe the end result is just as colorful and valuable as watercolors, and certainly as much hard work.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
It wasn’t my intention to make the clay faerie into charcoal, but that’s what happens when you don’t set a timer and then you leave.
Myxies are cute little faerie-like creatures that I have created. They are small with big pointed ears and large black eyes.
I was so very excited when I found a new clay to make my sculpting easier. I’ve always used self-hardening clay but it’s not as good for small details. The new clay would have to be baked, 30 minutes per inch thick. Myxies are only about a 3rd of an inch thick so they would only take about 20 minutes. I finished a few Myxies, and was pleased with how cute they had turned out. Now time to bake them.
Placing them in the oven, I set the knob to 275 degrees, and then sat down to watch a movie while I waited.
Then I forgot them... which is not uncommon with me. I have to leave post-it notes all over my house to remind me of things I need to do, but I figured it was only 20 minutes, who could forget in that short of time.
After the movie was over I was hungry, so off I go to Kystals for some little burgers. When I came back home I smelt burning. Then I remembered! I rushed over to the oven and jerked open the door. My little clay Myxies were now little burn victims. The 20 minutes I was to cook them had turned into 3 hrs, and the consequences were graphic. The larger Myxies had crumbled under the weight of their charred limbs. Only one, the smallest, had stayed intact. An even black covered her entire body and I thought “I might be able to use her still”.
As I mourned for the Myxies that were lost I got to work on the survivor, making her silver wings and giving her hair. Even though, In the end the black Myxie turned out very dark yet cute, now I always set a timer while baking my sculptures, and I don’t leave the house.
Friday, July 6, 2007
First I start with the head. The head, in my opinion is the most difficult (with exception to the hands). It has the most detail and is essential to making any sculpture complete, unless you’re sculpting the Nike of Samothrace.
I thought a cute, original feature to the figurines would be to make very large ears. In many of my sketches I give my characters large ears. I think it’s cute and unique (I could be wrong, probably not though :P ) Then after the head is done the body is next. I make the limbs and slap those suckers on in whatever position suits me at the moment. Then comes the hands. Grrrr I’ve always had issues with hands, as a child whenever I drew a picture I would have the person with their hands behind them or in their pockets. Yes, I know it’s kinda like cheating, but all artists do it, why do you think the Venus De Milo had no arms? Because they fell off? No he just couldn’t sculpt hands.
After numerous trial and error and plenty of profanity, the hands are on and its time to paint. Painting on canvas can be a chore for me, but painting figurines is right up my alley. Now it is painted and I’ve given it hair and colorful plastic wings... I LOVE COLORING!
All that is left is to name my creation. Well since the sculpture is obviously a pixie it needs to be along those lines. Also since my artwork collection is called Mystic Reflections, I figured something to connect it to that would be good. So I came up with Myxies. See its Mystic plus pixie, its perfect! :)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I love making art and I always enjoy sharing ideas with other artists. So please come here if I can give you any advice about the things I've learned, and maybe I can learn from you as well!
If you have any specific questions that I can help with, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I would love to hear from you! :)