Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another day at the AlbaStudios


I spent a day [and into the night] at AlbaStudios again. Benny taught me how to properly gesso a canvas. Even after three coats, I still had some pinholes so I haven't quite got it down yet. We went to Blick's Art Supply Store in Berkeley and she taught me about the different brands of paint and essential colors.

Tuesday is Enamel Group night so I was able to work on a couple of pieces. The far left is a 5x7 sort of whimsical piece with some millefiori that Benny was so nice to give me. The "grass" are shards of glass threads. I also made some medallions for my kids. I thought they would like it jangling in their pocket.





This is a 9x9 oil on canvas portrait of a pet for my girlfriend's friend in Minneapolis. This dog has her own bed in a boutique she owns and must wear green booties so she doesn't slip on the hardwood floors.


13 comments:

Judy Mackey said...

Sheila - cute doggie painting!! Thank you for always checking up on me - you don't know how much I appreciate you stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment! You make my day!

Sounds like you're keeping busy.

Judy

Gwen Bell said...

Now that's what I call a Happy Dog!
You've painted her beautifully, Shelia. That fur looks soft enough to cuddle.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

BZ Sheila,
I love how you always got time to learn and create.
I love this doggie he is cute.

The Bull said...

This is turning into quite the artistic adventure, very happy for you!

Manon Doyle said...

Love the dog portrait Sheila!

Funny...I could have used Benny for my own gesso woes that I just posted about!

Angela Elledge said...

Such a happy little dog, you did such a great job with his fur, especially his ears!

artbyakiko said...

Happy pomeranian! Your Enamel work is fantastic! I have never tried, but it must be fun.

Edward Burton said...

Pretty cool art, Sheila! LOVE the pomeranean painting.

Art with Liz said...

Sounds like you're having a great time with new techniques. And your dog is sooooo cute!

James Parker said...

Green booties? Anyway...one cute puportrait, Sheila!

christine said...

What a happy painting of the little pomeranian! I love the green booties!

L.Holm said...

You're really branching out, Sheila. The studio work is so cool. I've always wondered how enamels are done. Was this a one-time session to make the enamels?

Love the dog with green booties! one pampered pup. :-)

Rolfe Bautista said...

thanks for the comment. The drawing really speaks of a subject without blatantly putting the idea in front of peoples faces. It makes it easier for people to contemplate the idea but finding the similarities I think.