Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Calypso: Working In Series

Calypso is Part II of Emerald Treasures Series and measures 19 1/2" X 23." Completed today, on November 24, her shell is made of both commercial and hand dyed/painted fabrics. The shell is needlefelted with hand dyed cheesecloth and wool roving and heavily beaded to similate the jewels of the sea. This piece is painted with both Lumiere and Setacolor paints. The sea coral consists of cheesecloth that is sculpted to resemble the coral found on reefs. Her appendages are allowed to float giving her a more three dimensional appearance. The tortoise shell is also composed of several layers of batting which helps to give the illusion of her dome shaped back. I love making these pieces. They are so playful and fun and they provide a great project at night when I am watching the football games! I currently have about five series (Emerald Treasures, Egyptian Queens, Gray Scale, Abstract and Nature) with which I am engaged and am having a great time adding new artwork to each. Everyday is a new experience!

6 comments:

Diana Ramirez said...

Love Calypso and the Egyptian piece you recently posted. They are both lovely. Sounds like you're enjoying working in a series! Kudos!

Cynthia Wenslow said...

Absolutely breathtaking work, Barb!

Lora Martin said...

This little honu is delightful!

Willa said...

Love your work. Turtles are one of my favorite subjects in art. My daughter even has a real one.. This work is really outstanding. I will have to come back and visit Turtle again. Love your other works as well. :o)

Jasmine said...

You have some amazing work here.

Gloria said...

Just love this one...using the cheescloth as coral looks amazing.