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Friday, April 15, 2011

Plaster Face Book


Remember the plaster book I started to make here? Well today I sat down with the pages and painted 11 faces in the book.


I love the way pencil and watercolor look on the plaster surface so that is what I painted the faces with.


I love the way different people paint faces. The fact that none of us paint them like anyone else.


I got 3 sets of vintage watercolor tins off eBay and used the colors in them to paint these.


The colors were really grubby and old but there were two gorgeous shades of red that I kept returning to.


I know I need to paint from models but I am lazy. These were all drawn freehand from various sources around in studio.


So many of them end up looking like people I know that it's unsettling. 


As the day wears on and I become more tired I think the faces get better.


It's been a long time since I've done watercolors.


But I still like to try one now and then.


I waxed over the lace and plaster cover.


But the pages will stay chalky and plastery. I like them dry and porous. Such a beautiful surface on which to paint and draw.

I'm getting myself pumped up for the online plaster class. Stay tuned for more appetizers.

28 comments:

handandspiritstudio said...

these are great! i did a book similar to this years ago (collaged) made it into a small series of cookbooks.
I might be able to take this class!

Teddi said...

i really like what you created with the faces judy! the colors, the expressions, where you choose to leave the white space as highlights...

Janet Ghio said...

These are beautiful!!

wanda miller said...

how very fun and marvelous...each and every one!

Wax Beach Artist said...

I love your beautiful faces and I am intrigued about painting on or with plaster.

Cindy Woods O'Leary said...

Oh, so lovely and expressive. Thanks for sharing your creations with us...xo

Lynn said...

What a delicious meal!

Carol said...

....so beautiful! you always inspire me with your work :)

heather noye said...

Wow, these are just lovely!!!

I do believe I'm signed up for that class. There was a package deal with the book purchase, right?

Sarah said...

So lovely! Your faces today have a vintage feel-maybe it is the paints influencing how you painted them. The colours are so pretty and summery looking. I love the feel of cool plaster and can imagine how lovely it is to paint on. I can't wait to get your book!

Judy Wise said...

heather, yes, a package deal with the book, 2 prints and the class. coming soon!

Jackie Wood said...

I love the plaster, so VERY excited for the class in June!! The watercolor looks beautiful on that chalky surface, thank you for sharing these amazing faces.

dorylyn said...

I am in awe. How beautiful!

paperbird said...

beautiful work judy. i am SO looking forward to this class.
happy friday!

Ro Bruhn said...

Gorgeous faces, I too can't wait for the class. I'm bringing in barrels of plaster.

dragonflyreflections said...

So beautiful - like ancient frescoes. I signed up for the class today; can't wait!!

Pattio said...

I so love these, very inspiring and free. I am really into faces right now trying various media to make faces and you have given me a new one to try. Thanks a bunch. :)

kathryn gordon said...

absolutely fantastic!

Kim Mailhot said...

yummy faces.
I love your faces, Judy.
that plaster looks like such a great surface to play on.
happy sunday !

Seth said...

These are absolutely stunning Jusy. So soft and beautiful. Having worked on plaster pages before myself I know how great they are at taking the paint.

oneartistjournal said...

These are absolutely stunning Judy..These faces tell fascinating stories to me..

oneartistjournal said...

These are absolutely stunning Judy..These faces tell fascinating stories to me..

Judi D. said...

These are stunning. The palette is so gentle and looks so good against the plaster. What a wonderful technique!

apaperbear said...

I know so many folks making facebooks these days! Yours is one of the funnest!

Scintilla said...

holy sh-- these are amazing faces!! wow, inspiration galore!

Andra Hepler said...

gooorrrgeeooousssss.
smiles, andra

Traci Bautista said...

I love the plaster book..simply gorgeous! :) xo

Traci Bautista said...

I love the plaster book..simply gorgeous! :) xo