Thursday, June 4, 2009

Red Mary Janes, Baby Shoes III, Art Tip #15 Glass palettes


" Baby Shoes III Little Red Mary Janes"
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Number three in the baby shoe series. These are vintage baby shoes that I found on eBay. I love searching for still life props on ebay...treasure hunting at its best. I have found some really good deals because I'm not interested in collector quality, just the intrigue of the objects. For instance I found a Fiestaware teapot for under $10, with cracks and a few chips. I like to search garage sales, too. Last week I found a vintage graniteware teapot and a coffee pot..$3.00 each. They'll eventually show up in one of my still life paintings.

Art tip # 15: For a terrific palette get a piece of heavy glass, a large as you like (mine is around 20x24) and lay a middle value gray paper underneath it( I actually made a large value scale that lies under my palette, you might even just have three values..light, middle and dark. In my Open Box M plein air palette I cut a piece of glass to fit and put middle value gray paper underneath (besure to add a little tape-tab on one edge so you can ift it out to clean now and then. Lastly, I also have a glass palette in each of my Masterson air-tight palette boxes (again, middle value gray paper underneath or value scale). It is hard to judge values when you mix on a white palette.

10 comments:

Carole Abla said...

Jennifer...... I am so intrigued by your baby shoe series! They are so creatively BEAUTIFUL!!!! You have even captured the sweet little wear and tear from each baby owner! They are so lovely that I could not choose a favorite! :)

Keep up the great work!!!!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Carole. I designed this one to go with the other two...now they will be offerd for sale as a set. They look great together and really tell a story. Thanks for visiting my blog!

PainterLee said...

Wow, you really caught the shine on these sweet shoes! Great job!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thank, PainterLee, love your byline!

Gwen Bell said...

I am loving your shoe series. These little red ones are my favorites. So cute and sassy!

Gwen Bell said...

OH...and thanks for the great tip about the glass/gray paper! What a great effect!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Hi Gwen,
Thanks, I'm glad you like the series, too. In case I wasn't clear..the art tip deals with gray paper or value scale beneath glass. This set-up for the baby shoes used black paper under glass to get the good reflections.

Marian Fortunati said...

I LOVE these Mary Janes!!
Beautiful work, Jennifer. I'm glad I hopped on to your blog!

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks,, Marian. I'm glad you found my blog, too. I'll go check out your blog now!

Simon Shawn Andrews said...

really nice, esp the greenish background