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Blue Apple Studios: week 2


This Friday we took our transfer samples from the first class and added to them with watercolor and acrylic paints, fabric, wire, beads, and other found objects. The assignment (and I use this term loosely) was to alter or add to their image without completely losing its essence. I wanted the artists to experiment and to see how far they could push things while keeping some of the feel for the original image. I’ve also been doing the projects myself so as to provide examples of what can be done (and I admit, because it’s really, really fun!)

This was the transfer image that I did as an example on the first class, a hibiscus flower from a trip to Mexico a few years ago:

And this is what it turned into. I used watercolor paint, found objects, a needle and thread and images of Mexican art and maps in order to tie it all together and create a theme. orig2_w2.jpg

I encouraged the artists to just go with their instincts and not to worry too much about the end result as this was meant to be experimental. They dove in without reservation and I was blown away once again. Here are some examples of their work:


The fabric is beautifully pieced together in this one, creating a really cool effect.

Here is a perfect example of the artist “going for it”

These photos don’t do them justice, but the detail on the next 2 pieces is unbelievable.


I love the simple and graphic elements of this one.

It was fun seeing the artists either match, compliment, or juxtapose texture and color with the original images.


I love the brushstrokes on this one.

A fabulous example of symmetry that works really, really well. These transfers were cut out and pasted onto a larger piece of paper.

Santa Cruz, aahhhh…

The depth in the painting on this one is amazing.

This artist chose to cut out images from his transfers, paste them onto a separate piece of paper, and create a collage with paint. I love this piece’s color palate and imagination.

As I said, I was blown away. Next week the artists will be working with images that they themselves captured. Check back in a week for this coming Friday’s report!


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