Film Noir Shoot

My latest project, which I’m very excited about is a short video I am completing for one of my last film classes. My original plan was to film a short in a car, but underestimated the difficulty of doing this without a steady cam. Due to time constraints, I threw together a quick film noir using my sister and fiance as talent. It was so much fun to experiment with this film style.

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Mural Work in Kosovo

As mentioned before in my post on Workaway, I spent six weeks volunteering at a hostel in Kosovo. I’ll post more on the actual city on a later date, but I want to dedicate this post to one of my tasks while I was there – painting a mural on the outdoor bar.

Buffalo Backpackers, is a hostel run by a Texan and an Albanian. The two, Chelsea and Xili, have a network of friends in the area and encourage immersion into the unique culture of Pristina, Kosovo — a city primarily composed of young adults. They also encourage artists to come to their hostel and paint murals on empty walls, or in this case, empty bars.

I was painting a structure that is in the back garden – a fun, bohemian area with a fire pit and many hammocks. The bar originally looked like this:

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It was built by a previous volunteer and was a really fun little structure, but obviously lacked aesthetic appeal. After looking at the structure I started out with some simple sketches:

I showed these to Chelsea and we fleshed out the idea to a full-blown plan. Luckily, her and I shared a similar penchant for bohemian cowgirl artwork.

The extent of my experience with acrylics was primarily bound to sets I had painted in high school under the supervision of a professional artist, Alisa Lincoln, so I did some research before putting brush to wall. After much googling and even more sanding on the part of myself and other hostel volunteers, I dove in.

Armed with a spray bottle, a brush, a washcloth and some sweatpants, I started in on the sky:

In this picture I blocked out where my cowgirl, stars, cacti, and moon will be. It was an incredibly fun and fast-paced part of the painting because, between the heat and the fast-drying properties of the acrylic paint, I had to move fast to get the look I wanted.

Next, I filled in the cacti with a very dark green and blended the stars to give them a more dreamy, hazy look.

Then came more googling. Because of our limited budget, the majority of paints I had were primary colors, so I had to mix everything. This provided some trouble when I wanted to do skin tones. After some research, I was able to get a believable light skin color:

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(as you can see, I snapped this one)

This also involved a lot of quick work, as to achieve the proper texture I needed to blend the paint while wet. My spray bottle was a lifesaver here.

After finishing her face, I filled in her hat and her shirt, and did a bit more detailing on her eye to really draw attention to it. Then came the most lengthy process: the hair.

I wanted to do the hair in rainbow colors to add a lot of color and pop to this corner of the garden. As mentioned before, though, I was mixing almost everything from primary colors. I really wanted a large variety of shades and hues, but this is sometimes difficult to achieve with a limited amount of mixable paint tubes. After many episodes of Gilmore Girls (listened to the show on my phone while I worked), I finally finished the hair:

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I was almost done. I added gold and silver to the stars, painted the moon, and did some details on the front of the bar. I spent another couple hours putting mandala-style artwork on the top of the bar:

And then I was done!

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If you’re looking to do some acrylic painting yourself, here are some websites that helped me:

https://www.art-is-fun.com/mixing-colors

http://painting.about.com/od/paintingforbeginners/fl/Top-Acrylic-Painting-Tips-for-Beginners.htm

Links to info on Alisa Lincoln:

www.wildpoppystudios.com

www.facebook.com/alisa.lincoln.art

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Pinterest: Doodle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I have been uploading my work to Pinterest slowly and started a public profile to consolidate the work. Check it out here!

During the month of January I am taking an intensive three-week class. The class involves three hour class periods every day and six hours of homework daily. Ahhhhh! But, bright side, the lectures are long so I have time to draw in the margins, thus the birth of my latest Pinterest board.

 

Watercolor Art

Watercolor is an incredibly freeing medium for me. While I normally prefer the control and finesse of art markers, every once in a while I crave a paintbrush and an empty sheet of paper.

Truth be told, however, I cheated with the above right picture. This is a mixed medium piece. I started by sketching and laying a foundation with watercolors, and then brought out the details and enhanced the hues using art markers and pen.

The other works in this set were created strictly with watercolor, pencil, masking fluid and gum arabic (for the scales on the fish). The ease and quick nature of these paintings made them a joy to create.