Friday, May 09, 2008

Time for Rain: Illustration Friday



Illustration Friday time: Electricity.

Time for Rain: Electric Storm

This week was tough for me. I like to use the prompts to really jump start a fun piece of art. All I kept seeing was outlets and wires in my head. Then I started thinking of ole Benny Franklin (who btw, I am no longer a fan of since I saw the John Adams Series on HBO!) and that led me to think of electrical storms. I once heard that many animals don't like storms, not because of the noise but because of the build-ups of static electricty in the air--SHOCKING.

This piece was also a couple experiments in one. First, I pulled out my masking fluid to create the lightening and THEN painted it. I wasn't sure it would come off under all that acrylic paint. The second was making a "DARK" piece. Of course I had to start with my bright signature blues and greens but then I darkened them all up.

Today is rainy and tomorrow will be too. Seems a fitting piect to do.

Stay dry!

7 comments:

Rui Sousa said...

Really great work! fantastic!

NANCY LEFKO said...

very well done !!

tess1960 said...

I think it's a lovely piece and you did a great job with the lightning effects and keeping your bright signature colors.

neil said...

Hi Jenn

Again, another excellent collage. The textures are fabulous. Well done.

Jenn said...

Thanks Rui, Nancy, Tess and Neil!

Brine Blank said...

I always like to see illustrations with text incorporated, even if it is merely dealing with the texture of the piece. Now I have to go back and read and see if there is a hidden agenda in the text...

Jenn said...

I like using text too. All my "art" artwork usually has either found or handwritten text because I like my work to tell a story. It's never a coherent story, more like the game of "telephone". I tell one idea to another idea and that idea tells another idea--and so on. It amuses me. Its also a lot like a game show my little ones caught on the game show network (did you know there was a 24/7 game show channel) I can't remember the name of the show but you're given the first and last word of a series of words and you have to make the connection. For example: Butter + Fly, Fly + Over, Over + Coat, Coat + Tails.

In this piece the text used for the house is gaelic and the house is fashioned after a family cottage in Ireland. the other text goes with the picture but when deciding where this storm was happening, often-rainy-ireland seemed as good a place as any. Plus, I don't have access to any family cottages in Seattle.