Howdy out there in blog land. I have been busy at work on a challenge piece for the RiverCity Figurative Artists Guild here in Cincinnati. It was a challenge set forth at our Christmas luncheon this past December. Each member in attendance was given a fat quarter of batik style fabric. Mine was a beautiful magenta colored fabric. The idea or challenge was to use this fabric to create a figurative art piece. There weren't many rules, just that we had to use the fabric in some way.
So, here is what I came up with for the challenge.
I call this one "Color Does the Cha Cha". It is a fabric body mounted onto a wooden base. The body is then stuffed, I used shredded recycled paper for most of the stuffing. The challenge fabric was torn into strips and then applied using gel medium to the body. I incorporated pieces of decorative papers as well. The body was then painted with bits of gold mica gel and sealed with a high solid gloss gel.
I also used a few bits of lace and such to dress up the neck area.
The head was the second in a series of two I created several months ago. I used one on the previous piece posted and wanted to do something a bit different with this one. It is poly clay as are the hands. I really like how this piece turned out.
You know it is funny how something like this can steer you in a new direction for artistic exploration. I want to create some more figures with this process to see where they go. It will allow me to play with my acrylic mediums and paint a bit more and be a little artsier, if that can be a word. Don't get me wrong, I love my fantasy characters, but, I like to experiment and plan on using some of the fantasy heads and such with the new fabric sculpts. As with many things I do, I am easily bored. So, this may not last all that long. It depends on how far I can push the medium. Also, what new products are available to use in the process. One I have my eyes on to try is Paverpol. I will let you know what I discover.