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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

WIP Book Cover #11 - Color

Cover painting crawls on...

Here is the final drawing, scanned, cleaned-up and printed out on cold press...

The first, preliminary masking fluid and initial color set down...

Here is a layer of color across the entire piece...

Secondary washes and initial modeling... Now on to the next one - I'm bringing them all to about this level of finish and then will tighten them all up together.

Makes me crave rose flavored yummies. One of my favorites to make is rose petal syrup. I grow highly fragrant, heirloom roses that are wonderfully flavorful. Steep in boiling sugar water, strain, lightly tint and pour into pretty bottles. Then use in tea, splashed over ice and seltzer, drizzled over vanilla ice cream.... You can do the same thing with lavender, mint, anise hyssop, lemon verbena, orange-geranium, cinnamon basil, chamomile, tangerine sage.... Color them all differently and you can have window sill of pastel rainbow syrups for your taste bud pleasure (which unfortunately, I did not take photos of - stole these from google images...)

I'm taking too long with these. I may never get a chance to read your blogs again until they are finished. Sorry. I miss you.

7 comments:

Lisa Hunt said...

How interesting--comparing the thinking/creative functions with earthy, basal sensations. This is a most unique post. At first, I thought you were going to mix a little of that rose syrup with your paints! haha. Fun!

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

love watching how you build your paintings. these are so pretty with all the flowers (although such monotonous nightmare to paint sometimes). lovely though. and the syrup. yum. i'm quite fond of rosebud tea. hope you get some sleep soon.

Soozcat said...

Don't worry--the blogs will keep. How many covers are you creating in total, btw? I don't know if you mentioned.

And how yummy does that syrup look?

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

I always come away from your blog both inspired and hungry, with a longing to live in your backyard. Is there room in your chicken coop?

Paula Pertile said...

Funny, when I first saw this, before I read the text, I thought you were painting with the rose syrup.

Its looking lovely so far!

Wendy Wright said...

Sooo beautiful! I love your final drawing. :)

Katharina said...

Dear Tara,

you have been awarded the Kreative Blogger Award, please come to my blog to pick it up :)

Katy.