'The Room' 8x10"
I think this work has been my favorite to work on thus far. Due to the detailed nature of this picture, I had to take it on in sections - small works within the larger work - or I became easily overwhelmed. Likewise, I found myself needing to take breaks from working on the wallpaper because it was so extremely time consuming. My brain would literally tire out at times and I would just have to set it aside and work on something else of a more simple design. Near the end, I had a quilling tool break and become unusable and misplaced my back-up, so I stepped back in time and completed the work using finger rolling. I love the result. There are sections with almost non-existent centers and then others with larger open coils. The picture itself is only 8 x 10" but took a whopping 85 hours to complete. Every inch was time consuming, challenging, and extremely pleasurable. I am enjoying the more detailed pictures and will continue to push myself in this direction. I am already plotting my next picture and hope to get rolling soon.
This little butterfly was created for the digital design only. I isolated it using my computer and then printed out dozens of copies on temporary tattoo paper. My daughter and I cut them up and applied them to all the little kids who visited my booth at the last Waikiki Art Fest. I made robots for the boys. It was a hit.
This untitled work was a commissioned piece. It measures in at 5x7" and resides now in Alaska.
'Lady Longboards' 16x20"
I began this piece in October, right after I arrived in Oahu. It has taken me a long time to complete. It's size is large, but I have found that my interest is taking me in a new direction of more detailed work and I found the shading aspect of this work daunting. I love the effect, but I need to do it in stages. I remember the same feeling when I used to spend my free time knitting. Whenever it was time to stockinette stick, my eyes would glaze over and I would begin dreaming of new projects to tackle. This was much the same. I have completed a good 20 pictures since the beginning of this one. I would bring my boarders out each festival weekend and chip away at a new area. Finally the end was reached and I am really happy with the end result. I love how it begins in grey scale and enhances in color.