Saturday, February 28, 2009

Frank, my life long mentor

Frank was my high school art teacher. He didn't teach me about drawing or painting (although he eventually did because we had a life long relationship) he met me from the very beginning as artist-to-artist. He knew I was an artist. He knew I would find the teachers I needed to learn drawing, painting, color. What he did for me was to show me there was a way to be an artist in this world, and be true to me "Debbie Clarke" as an artist. He counseled me to find ways to work to support my art through other venues. I gave Frank a show a few years back and we managed to cover his art career in my few short walls. No more words right now. In this photo I think the flowers have become Frank.

The wip (work in progress): panel 4 detail: Merluccius Bilinearis

Sharpie, oil and foil on reverse glass, 23k slow set gold leaf gild on front of glass panel. detail.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The WIP (work in progress): Hake panel 4 continues

I have added gold leaf to the front and gilded the panel behind the glass with aluminum leaf. refined the drawing, pretty near done.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The wip (work in progress)

This is panel 4 of hake (whiting)


sharpie on reverse glass with chalk on panel backing

The yellow shapes are slow set gilder's oil. The tack is almost ready to accept the gold leaf. I need to hear the 'hard knock, with a slight hard tack' to get a lustrous almost mirrored sheen.

Business update: Debbie Clarke art coach! Completed one session, a second session purchased. This is sort of a pay as you go mentoring program beyond art 101.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The WIP (work in progress): Hake panels

above: panel 3, gold leaf and sharpie on reverse
glass with canvas backing

above : Panel 2: sharpie with silver leaf on reverse
glass backed with oil on canvas

above: panel 1, sharpie and oil on reverse
glass with combination leaf, backed with
oil on canvas

These are for a commission. The commissioner will get first pick of 3 or 4 or 5 or...I'm on a roll and I am working. These are 24x36" and I keep getting more ideas.

best to all,