Sara came into the studio and we played dress up with the crinolines, tulle and neck pieces I have been working on. So many combinations! She was a natural in front of the camera. We shot in a few different outfits but I wanted to play with these immediately. I edited these photos on my iPad using the RePix and VSCOcam apps. Fun to play around with adding a bit of texture and painterly effects to the work. I will share more from this shoot soon ❤️
While rummaging through a closet in my home studio I came across a large roll of canvas. The idea came to me that I should paint a custom backdrop for my portrait studio. Even though I have a B.F.A. in painting I had never embarked upon painting a backdrop. After a bit of research on google, I gathered my tools and got to work.
First I taped down a sheet of plastic to protect the floor, a drop cloth, which I later removed, and my canvas. Then I began to prime my canvas with gesso. A lot of people skip this step but I could only hear my college professor Mr. Wright scolding me for not priming my canvas. Gesso sizes and primes the canvas for paint. It ‘s an extra step but will save you time and paint in the long run.
The next step was to paint a brown base coat. I rolled this on in one coat. My goal was to build up thin layers of paint to have them show through one another.
I wanted to and some lighter colors, grey, peach, yellows and whites to give it some luminosity. I found these little jars of paint at our local Habitat Resale store for 50 cents a piece in a variety of colors that were perfect for this project. I then began to roll them on in a criss cross pattern. Tip: Get yourself an extension pole. It will save your back.
So so after a lot of rolling out paint I decided to let it dry and add more layers the next day.
I did did not like all the harsh lines that were left from the roller so I decided to add some watered down paint layers with a large sponge. I then began just swirling the paint until it became more painterly yet soft.
I am quite happy with the result.! I can’t wait to use it on a shoot this weekend to see how it will look in photos. I have enough canvas for another backdrop. What color should it be?
I took these images with the Hipstamatic app using the Watts Lens and Big Up Film. They came together in a film pack, like most Hipstamatic sets and I had not used them together. I do like the effect, especially that pink border. Ooohlala! These are just some shots around my studio.
It’s still raining here so I thought I would share a quick peek into my studio via the Quad Camera. This is about as clean as it ever gets. When I start a project I clear off the table and then I mess it up again. It’s a cycle. I woke up this morning from a strange dream. My first design professor was talking to me about my work and the importance of gestalt principles of similarity, closure, continuation, proximity and figure/ground. These concepts are considered by some to be the inherent principles of great design. I stayed in bed for a while thinking about this and then I came up with a new series of images I want to make. Isn’t it amazing how the sub conscious works? I hope to show some images next week.
This is my ugly old studio with the ugly old carpet and paint. Last weekend I decided to update it and make the studio more functional. It was a bit more labor intensive than I thought it would be. Who would have thought that after all those episodes of Trading Spaces I have watched. First step, remove all the stuff.
And here is the finished room! I am so excited to move back in. Wheee!!!!!