Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Good Times in May

"Good Times in May"

The image on top (acrylic paint on rough watercolor paper) received so much positive feedback that I decided to quickly remove it from sale and keep it as a reference for future pieces such as this one.

A 10x30" canvas was first primed with black gesso, then I used a palette knife to add cadmium red paint. A white conte crayon was used to outline the seven lovely ladies.

"Good Times in May"

The ladies were then painted in with black gesso.

"Good Times in May"

Once again outlined with Conte crayon.

"Good Times in May"

Blue painted over black.

"Good Times in May"

Once again outlined with Conte crayon.

"Good Times in May"

Close up of the details.

"Good Times in May"

A lot of touch-up to be done yet.

"Good Times in May"

Black gesso.

"Good Times in May"

Comparing the two.

"Good Times in May"

On the original image, I used a white gel pen to add the white detail. This time I used a Posca acrylic marker.

"Good Times in May"


This painting is available for purchase, $285.00 plus $20 shipping in the US. (6% sales tax collected in PA) Please contact me for details.  stephanie at biffybeans dot com

Monday, May 21, 2012

Quake Mandala gets an upgrade from Posca Paint Markers

I just bought a set of ultra fine Posca paint markers from Jetpens.com. I have not as a rule, been a fan of paint markers. I've tried several kinds, (Krink & Sharpie) and they just didn't work out for me. For the tiny white detail work you may have seen on some of my other pieces, I'd been using a white Uni-Ball Signo gel pen - which had to be fixed with acrylic spray as the ink wasn't waterproof. (Posca markers are water based acrylic.)

It was when I just bought another batch of the white pens (also from Jetpens.com) that I decided to try the Poscas. The ink flows and has a consistency like none other I've tried. I absolutely "MUST" get more as they have seemingly filled in a missing element to my work.

"Quake" mandala as previously "Finished"
And so this, which was previously "finished" last year,

"Quake" mandala after I added a bit with my new Posca markers.
Became this.

"Quake" mandala after I added a bit with my new Posca markers.P5191039
In the last five and a half years I've literally made thousands of mandalas in all different kinds of media but in the beginning, most were created with fountain pens, drawing pens and markers. Using a "writing" implement has always made me feel most comfortable as it lets me work quickly. Quickly meaning that I could easily drop into the meditative state that the repetitive nature of mandala creation encourages in me.

Working with acrylic paint has at times been both gratifying and frustrating. Gratifying because of being able to work bigger, with lots of bold colors, and also to play with textures within the paint. Frustrating because of my lack of dexterity with a brush. I know that comes with practice but it has in some ways made me feel like something was missing from my work. Sitting and working with the markers on this piece for several hours led me back to that meditative place and I am *ecstatic* just thinking about the possibilities in combining the two elements.

This piece is currently available for purchase - please message me for details. 

*This piece was named "Quake" because it was literally finished moments before the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the east coast last year on August 23rd at 1:51 pm. After cleaning out my brushes and putting my paints away, I went upstairs to lay down and take a nap. I wasn't on the bed 5 seconds when I felt it move- once, twice.... watched my floor fan start rocking back and forth, then felt like the house was twisting. My brain went through about 20 different scenarios (neighbor's washing machine walking, gas line explosion..) before setting upon earthquake. EARTHQUAKE?!? I jumped up, grabbed my glasses and phone stood in the doorway (I think that's what you are supposed to do in an earthquake) but then said out loud "Fuck this!" and went running down the stairs and barefoot out the front door. I still wasn't sure what was happening but as I watched the power lines swaying back and forth I knew I wasn't crazy. Phone in hand I kept trying to dial 911 - busy.. Busy? WTF! I finally get through and they say they don't know what it is yet. I jump on Facebook then Twitter from my phone. My friends all along the east coast and up to Canada are reporting having felt the same things. It blew me away to have actually experienced an earthquake in eastern Pennsylvania.

Now please excuse me while I go buy more pens.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mandala Painting WInner!

A Place for Me

Congrats to Lisa C. from Texas, she is the winner of my recent mandala painting giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered! Please know that I am very grateful for the kind words that many of you left in the comment section. It is heartwarming to read how my art and writing is received by others. Namaste!

Please stay tuned for future giveaways and for details surrounding my studio move. (I'm moving into a bigger studio at the Banana Factory!)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog Giveaway! Enter now to win this piece of my original art!

A place for me

Would you like to win one of my original paintings? Read on!

This is an 11x14" piece of original mixed media artwork entitled "A Place for Me." Primarily painted with acrylic, it was created on Multimedia Artboard and will be shipped to the winner in a rigid mailer.

To enter, simply fill out the form below and click "submit." Once entry per person, contest closes at Midnight EST on Tuesday May 15th. Winner will be chosen at random, notified by e-mail, and announced here on the blog later in the week.

*Note: If you are viewing this post via e-mail or in certain browsers you might not see the form below. Please visit the blog directly to enter at: http://www.biffybeans.com/2012/05/blog-giveaway-enter-now-to-win-this.html

Please feel free to share and Tweet this posting - and thank you for your support!

*Update - this contest is now closed - thank you to all who entered!
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