I'm working on a large commission piece, it's got a long way yet.
Too much fun.
|The group didn't mind the tight space and the sharing of paints.|
|Here is satisfied artist, Gary Young.|
|Everyone was having so much fun they were updating their Facebook status and posting their paintings.|
|Some of the artists had photos on their phones they referenced.|
|I brought in some of my rooster photos.|
6 x 6" acrylic on canvas
For the Keys Connections Project II
©Maggie Ruley 2013
20 x 24" acrylic on canvas
©Maggie Ruley 2013
|Polka Dotty Heart and Stars|
by Caroline Ruley
by Kathryn Ruley
|I buy my unglazed bisque tiles by the case of 100 tiles.|
|The tiles get a quick sponge bath to remove dust and then the first color goes on. Here I am laying in the shape of the wine glass with a few quick stokes. This Duncan color is Neon Green - CC205|
|The wine glass gets a highlight with a lighter green. Notice that at this point I am not worried about being really neat. The lighter color is Neon Chartreuse - CC203|
|Now the glass shape gets a blue highlight with a color named Blue Green - CC161. I almost never use just one color on a shape. I find layered colors richer and more interesting.|
|Next I block in the table top area. The lighter orange and fruit on the glass is a Duncan product called an E-Z Stroke, it is Orange - EZ 034. The accent stripes are painted with one of the Cover Coat colors called Neon Orange - CC204.|
|A light coat of Turquoise - CC133, is painted in as the background color. Notice that I leave some white showing. I like the look of some crisp white showing. I use a soft bristle brush.|
|Next using Neon Red - CC206, I put in a little sailboat shape and that cute little umbrella we all want in our tropical drinks.|
|In this close up you can see the painting is really loose . The next step is going add definition to those shapes.|
|I use a squeeze top to give me nice clean lines for my lettering and outlining my shapes. I like to use a metal tip that I buy from my ceramic supply house. Duncan Bright Blue CC159 is the color I use here.|
|I buy my colors in pints whenever I can. Here you can see that it is time to stop and fill up that little squeezie bottle.|
|Most of the outlines I do in the Duncan Cover Coat, Bright blue. I outline the fruit on the drink with an E-Z stroke called Coral - EZ057, and add a little accent of E-Z Irish Green -EZ003, on the glass. I buy some small little squeeze bottles and the caps just happen to fit on these E-Z bottles.|
Where to buy the tiles and Duncan products? The bisque tiles are heavy and I recommend you try to find a supplier close to you. I buy mine from Axner Pottery in Florida. I buy my Duncan products from Miami Ceramics and New Mexico Clay.
|How do fight boredom when you are doing the same thing over and over? I listen to books on tape or listen to Pandora or some other thing on my I-Pad.|
Next the tiles need to be glazed and fired. I will show you that in part 2 of the tutorial.
See it here.
|The Honor Jar with cute little envelopes I made out of damaged prints.|
|My studio greeting area has my guest book and biz cards and bios and now my new easy-peasy payment system.|
|New fish spoon rests (really cute) $22.00|
|The Studio of Key West|
Historic Armory Building
600 White Street
Key West, FL 33040
open M - F 10 to 4
various hours on Sat and Sun depending on events
Monthly open house which is called Walk on White,
the third Thursday of the month from 6pm to 9pm