Final Project at Cobalt Studios

The final morning of painting at Cobalt Studios began with flipping over my canvas so I could begin painting on the other side. First I practiced some masking techniques on my test flat.

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Next, I masked and sprayed the reflections in the water and the clouds:

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*Note: I wasn’t pleased with how my clouds turned out, but I learned a new technique and now I will know what to do different next time.

The final details included painting some ripples in the water and gluing on a boat silhouette that I had cut out of blackout fabric.

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When everyone was finished and the projects had dried, we set up part of the studio to look at the projects under the lights!

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Here is what it looked like with different types of light hitting it from the front and/or back:

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Here’s a close up of the water because it looked so cool:

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And that was it! A valuable 3 week learning experience came to a close!

x GD

Transparencies Day 2

I started off the day projecting my image so I could trace and cut out the moon and the light reflections in the water.

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I spent over an hour cutting out the shapes and adhering them to the canvas.

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Here is what it looked like when I finished:

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Then I had to go back and outline them on tracing paper for use tomorrow.

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Scenic art yoga?

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Next, it was time to mix my colors.

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Before spraying my canvas, I tested the colors on my test flat.

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I was pleased with the test, so I loaded up a garden sprayer and masked the canvas.

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After both sides of the canvas (sky and water) were sprayed on and dried, I painted a green vingette on the water.

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Next it was time to peel off the shapes I had applied as my first step and fill them in with yellow dye.

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As my last steps of the night, I painted in some reeds and ripples in the water.

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Side one is complete!

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Tomorrow we paint the other side and get to test them under the lights!

x GD

Clouds and Transparencies

This morning after we all put away yesterday’s completed projects, we circled up for a demonstration on how to paint clouds (which will come in handy for my next project). We were shown two techniques – one using brushes and the other using a mask-and-spray method.

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Next, we gathered around the design table to discuss our final project: transparencies. The concept is to paint on both side of the canvas so that you get two different images depending on how the canvas is lit. We took notes and looked at plenty of reference photos and painted examples.

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The following image contains the two pictures that I will be cereating (with some minor adjustments):

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We all spent the next several hours breaking down the photos to come up with a plan of action, conferencing with our designer (teachers), and starching our canvases to prepare them to be painted.

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Resting up for a full day of work tomorrow!

x GD

You Want Me to Paint WHAT on THAT?

Today we finished up the project “You Want Me to Paint WHAT on THAT?” that we began yesterday. I started the morning by mixing my colors.

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My instructor recommended I use a Preval sprayer to lay down my base coast and the colors, which was a new experience since I had never used one before.

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I first practiced on my test flat:

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Then I put the base color on my stretch of fabric:

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Next, I traced portions of the design I drew out yesterday in order to make some stencils so I could spray on color without getting it all over the rest of the fabric.

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For this side, I had to weigh down the piceces of paper with some shop items:

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Here is what the bottom and top of the piece looked like after I sprayed the colored sections:

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Next, it was time to lay down all the black lines.

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Finally, I went in and did the detail work:

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After a long day and working after hours, here is the finished product!

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x GD

Foliage and Other Things We Did Today

We started out the morning by doing a study on foliage. We each had a stretch of canvas on the floor to work on.

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We all sat and listened to our instructor as she showed us sample photos and explained the techniques we would be using. We were given a photo to use as reference for our painting.

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Our tools were several shades of green paint and a 4 inch lay-in brush on a bamboo pole.

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We started with a textured wet blend/scumble at the bottom of the canvas to look similar to the bottom of our reference picture.

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Adding a few branches was the next step:

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Then we added leaves using two shades of green and a foam roller with leaf-like shapes cut into it.

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Final product:

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Next, we worked on a project entitled “You want me to paint WHAT on THAT?” We were each given a picture that we are to reproduce on different textured fabrics. This is my picture:

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The first step was to write out a plan of action and conference with my instructor.

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Next, I tacked paper to the wall so I could project the image onto it to draw it out:

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After that, I got my workspace ready by laying the paper on the ground and stapling first, a sheet of plastic, then my fabric on top of the paper. Tomorrow morning I start mixing colors and will have the project completed in the afternoon! Stay tuned for the finished product…

x GD

Final Woodgrain & Marble and Some Drapes

I’m so pumped about finishing my woodgrain and marble pieces because I’m pretty proud of them! We put them up all around the studio and discussed them today and seeing everyone’s work was really cool. Before I show you the last few process photos for my marble, here are my completed woodgrain pieces:

Proud artist:

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Polished woodgrain:

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Distressed woodgrain:

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This morning I worked hard at putting in the final shades, shadows, highlights, and cutlines on both of my marble pieces.

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Here are the final pieces:

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And here I am being very pleased (shoutout to Teale and Kaleigh for this pose):

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Marble Part 2

We started off the morning putting the finishing touches on our polished woodgrain using these worksheets as reference:

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The final photo of both woodgrains will be posted tomorrow!

Next, we continued work on our marble pieces. For the right (lighter) side of mine, I put down torn pieces of paper on my canvas to paint on top of, as seen below on my test flat:

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Here I am painting the large scale version:

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And here is what it looked like when the paper was removed:

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Then I moved to the left (darker) side of the canvas to put a wash over the texture I laid down yesterday.

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Completed glaze:

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Next, I added a texture to the top by mixing a lighter color and dipping a torn piece of cloth in it. I then threw the cloth on spots around the canvas.

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This is what it looked like:

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When our marble was completed, we sat down for a demonstration on stenciling.

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We used these worksheets to help us draw out the molding for the marble:

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Here I am using a stencil to lay down some designs on the molding:

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The stencils looked like this (with the shadows added in):

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Next we drew in the design for the molding on the other set and added some shadows:

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Tomorrow we will put in the highlights, cut lines, and bounce light to finish them up! Can’t wait for the final product!

x GD