Monday, March 25, 2013

Illustration Friday - SWIM

"Dead fish do not SWIM around in jealous tides" - Scott Weiland
Watching videos from the Misty Mawn Portrait class - Face to Face with Mixed Media sparked some oil pastel play.  The theme SWIM comes from Illustration Friday and the cool fish came from The Graphics Fairy.  The great thing about the oils is that you can wipe off something if you don't like it - try that with acrylics - they don't budge.  However, when you are done you have quite a sticky page.  
The background is pretty junk paper that has been painted with Carla Sonheim's Abstracted Flowers Tutorial for Kristin Dudish's Tutorial Tryouts.  
Linking to Creative Every Day

20 comments:

pauline said...

Your page looks fabulous Michelle. I love the background and especially love the part where the fish takes on the shape of her eye... Yes. Beautiful journal page. xox

Lmkazmierczak said...

Cool process...My Mandarin effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-positive-negative.html

Liza said...

Lovely!

My MoM entry.

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Wow - beautiful page! I love the mix of the vintage fish with the vibrant portrait!

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I love all the detail you include in all your paintings + I adore your illustration for this weeks IF. x

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I love all the detail you include in all your paintings + I adore your illustration for this weeks IF. x

Rossie said...

I love your very clever use of the tinge of green on the face. Green and Jealousy go well together! I love your page!

Lynn Fisher said...

Lovely! It's been a long time since I've used oil pastels. You make me want to get them out and PLAY!
Lynn

aimee said...

yummy pages! those oil pastels create color like none other!

Marit said...

It's a gorgeous page! LOVE the face.. (which reminds me I should try painting/drawing faces in my journal more too...)

Andria said...

Lovely portrait...and I really love the ledger paper background for your journal pages!

Janet said...

This is great! I love her fish eye and her lips. Thanks for the link to the flower tutorial. That looks like fun.

storybeader said...

great journal pages to start with. I think it's a very pretty face! {:-Deb

Kim Switzer said...

I love your page! I want to check out that abstract flowers tutorial now, too, because that background is gorgeous!

Cindy D. said...

Lovely! Terrific composition and color. :)

Kristin Dudish said...

Oooh - I loooove the way you tried the tutorial on a "junk paper" background - the results are beautiful. You've totally made it your own! Really, the whole page is just fantastic (and fun)!

It is so exciting to see how different everyone's results are for the same tutorial... Very, very cool!

xo
Kristin

lorik said...

I like the rich layered background "pretty junk paper" in all it's complexity. I love the strong modelling of forms of the face in the portrait.
Thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Natasha said...

I love how you used your junk paper, I decided not to do that class, and then lately I have seen a lot of people raving about it, I am getting more and more tempted!! :)

Fran Traina said...

Your work is terrific. I have never been to this blog before and can't wait to take a look around.
I love your placement of the fish!

maria said...

Beautiful work. Hope you'd join us too at Orange You Glad It's Friday.