After painting the edges of my Star Wars pieces (still got to wire the backs)...I settled down in my chair to work on my entry for the Magic Hat show later in May. We are supposed to create a piece inspired by their new summer ales. I sketched out a few ideas, got John's input and finally selected the Blind Faith IPA. I wanted to stay within my style, but incorporate imagery that would related to the name of this ale. Went with a blind folded gal, 'bout to take a sip, hair all awry...as for the faith...I referenced indirectly Byzantine iconography (which I love), using the mandala behind her head, which doubles as the spiral image that is on the bottle caps.
Per usual, started out with a light pencil sketch, then went directly to painting in the outlines with black paint. My favorite way to work. Truth be told, I was feeling ambitious. The piece isn't due til later in May, but my intention was to complete this piece and drop it off to Gina (she's the curator for the Green Room shows) along with my Star Wars works later today.
And you know, I probably could have done it. Finished the piece, I mean. But, I promised John I would run with him. And it would be good to get up, can't stay seated all day. Also...I don't want t rush the piece and miss out on the chance to work on the details more. My stopping point? All the basic colors are blocked in. Went with black and blues since that is what is used in the label. I made her hair shades of orange to compliment the blues, and I was thinking she was probably a fiery gal. The bottle needs a ton of work. But it's a start. No since in rushing it, I can drop it off at the Star Wars show next week.
I wish this graphic would show up a little bigger...but anyway, tonight is the art event that will benefit Austism Speaks. The event is down in Davie, so it is a bit of a drive, but going to make the most of it. Pit stop in Wellington to pick up fellow Tipsy Art girls, Jessie and Sofia, then down to Bear and Bird Gallery to pick up our pieces from the Square Show, dinner...then donning our moustache accessories and heading down to the event. Not sure if I will post again tonight, but you can bet it will be an art-filled evening!
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