Thursday, April 30, 2015

M is for Mini-Batik

Mini-batiks are a good excuse to have some fun with limited values (as in two).  I call these pieces "minis" because of their size,  but I use the term "batik" loosely; there is only one layer of wax on the little paintings.

Letting Go - Ink Batik on Rice Paper - 7X5
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/christine-lally/letting-go/371874 - Sold

 Although they are not everyone's cup of tea, black and white restricted value pieces appeal to me.  I like the drama of them as well as that look of illustration.  They also help reinforce the goals of having a pleasing notan design (lights & darks) and "gestalt."
Some would say that just doing a quick thumbnail sketch can determine whether or not you've got some gestalt going.


Focused - Ink Batik on Rice Paper - 7X5

Well, I haven't seen my sketchbook in a while, ...


Untitled - Ink Batik on Rice Paper - 5X7

and I think creating minis is more fun anyway.









33 comments:

  1. Lovely, Chris. There is something about black and white that I find very appealing as well! It brings me back to fond memories of my childhood, black and white television, typewriters, old cash registers with the lovely jingle, simpler times. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. Very striking images, the black and white! I love them!

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  3. I like the look...It is very MOD-POP!

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  4. The graphic black and white of these is beautiful.

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  5. omg I love these! So dramatic and simplicity of shape!

    BTW where do you get your rice paper Chris, I am thinking textured collage papers.

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  6. Thanks, Linda. I remember all those things,too & miss the simpler times...

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  7. Kelly, thank you. I get my paper (Kinwashi rice paper-Japanese) by the roll at New York Central Art Supply. It is $69. a roll. You can also buy it by the sheet or you can buy a very similar paper, Ginwashi, at Jerrys Artorama - also by the sheet. Batik artist Kathie George also sells the paper by the sheet.

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  8. They are fabulous and oh so eye catching, Chris!

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  9. Wow Chris, these are amazing. I would think they are extremely difficult to do. You are right...dramatic is a good word. I like dramatic.

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  10. Wow! Drama is the word. I LOVE these. They are striking. Thank you for posting. Lemon Laurie (I think I'm gonna run with my new nickname!)

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  11. Chris these are awesome. I am so drawn to black and white. The values really stand out. Thanks for sharing too. Hugs!

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  12. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Debbie. Hugs back at you!!

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  13. These are great and certainly they are my cup of tea. Would love to learn how to do.

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  14. Your dramatic black and whites are super! I really like the rice paper texture too. Really gets the viewer to 'fill in the blanks"

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  15. Thanks, Teri. I'll do a blog post about them sometime.

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  16. I love, love, love them.
    Agree about the two value dynamic.
    I want to try this.

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  17. Thanks, Mary. These are so simple to do its almost embarrassing. I will do a blog post on it next week.

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  18. Striking work Chris! I like that dramatic technique. The bottom lady looks like Ali MacGraw, real nice. Take care, :)

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  19. Thank you, Helen. I think she looks like Ali, too.

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  20. Amazing is the word. speechless

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  21. Chris, These are so awesome - I just love them!!! I especially love the free spirit mood of the first one (girl & hat). Reminds me of my younger days of going to outdoor concerts escaping g into the music. I can imagine an extra large version of this one on the large wall in my family room . ❤ You are so amazing!!! So proud of you!

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  22. Chris, These are so awesome - I just love them!!! I especially love the free spirit mood of the first one (girl & hat). Reminds me of my younger days of going to outdoor concerts escaping g into the music. I can imagine an extra large version of this one on the large wall in my family room . ❤ You are so amazing!!! So proud of you!

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  23. Thanks, Jo. I'm proud of you, too, Friend!!

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