Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Art Nouveau


This is a combination of an image transfer and a sketch that is loosely based on a photo of Evelyn Nesbit, an actress from the early 20th century.    I've started a few Art Nouveau journal pages, but they're not finished.

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Over the weekend, I took a half-day introductory bookbinding class at our local art studio.

We were taught Japanese Seven-Hole stab binding using heavy cardstock and a Japanese screw punch.





The book consists of 20 pages with 95 spacers (in groups of five) in between the pages to make room for mixed media artwork.   With only 20 pages, it would be a great theme book (like Art Nouveau).

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We also went to the Oregon Country Fair - an event for the young at heart who like to sprinkle themselves with fairy dust and take their clothes off.  Being there was fun, but once was enough for me.  I'll be on the lookout for a renaissance festival.

This is one of the "safer" photos.












Hope you had an interesting weekend.




29 comments:

  1. Awesome photos of the country fair, Chris! I love this painting! And I am looking forward to seeing your art journal sketches! I hope you are having a great week, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you, lovely Linda! It's been a good week. Hope you're having one, too!

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  2. The country fair looks wonderful... Clothes on for me!!! Lol. The book binding class looks very interesting!!!! Thank you for sharing and enjoy the rest of the day!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hilda! Yes, the fair was very different. And the book binding class was fun, but I might not be doing too many more books. Great to have the option, though.
      Enjoy your evening!

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  3. Great photos of the fair! I hope they had sunblock ;o)

    I love Art Nouveau too -all those beautiful swirls and curls. The colour combo is lovely. Will you do a flip through of the book when you have filled it? I love nosing through peoples sketchbooks....

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. You're right about the sunblock!!!
      A flip through sounds like a plan (if I ever finish). Thanks for that!!

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  4. Love the new painting/sketch and that fair looks very entertaining! ha ha I've never done bookbinding or know anything about it but I imagine punching those holes could be rough on your hands and wrists?

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. No, the punching isn't tough on your hands - the tool does the work. My teacher let me borrow her $50. punch, thank goodness.

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  5. The beautiful girl looks almost like painted porcelain colors so tender!
    This book binding I have never tried, but I find it very attractive, it's on my list!
    ... and very hot photos of this event!
    Ulrike

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    1. Thanks, Ulrike! The book binding was fun, but I will do something more simple next time.
      Glad you like the photos - hahaha.

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  6. This is a wonderful picture, Chris!
    I wonder how you did it: The Lady is a sketch of you and the background
    is the image transfer, right? What did you do first?
    You are doing very different things at the moment and I hope you can enjoy
    that although you would like to do other things…
    This journal looks very interesting and what a great idea to put so many spacers
    between the pages. And 20 pages… I think this book will be filled very soon
    as you are doing very much at the moment.
    Is your wonderful lady from the post before in that journal yet?

    Ciao Beo - Have good days and luck!

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  7. Thanks, Beo. I did the background circle (the image transfer) first. Then I guessed how big to make the lady. I made her a little too big, but I'm just experimenting so I didn't mind. Yes, even though I'm not doing what I really want, I am enjoying doing different things - very much.
    No, I haven't put the lady from the last post in the journal. Thanks for the reminder!
    And thanks again for the last e-mail.

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  8. I see a butt! interesting looking festival :)

    great job with the book binding, some of the stitching can be pretty detailed and tricky to learn

    and you can really see the art Nouveau influence in your top image, looks really nice :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer.
      And I saw more than a butt at that festival!

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  9. Just beautiful!.....And I love your new book, such a great idea! Great pics also, Take care,hugs

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  10. Beautiful drawings! Love Art Neuveau!

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  11. I like your Art Nouveau Portrait - the colors have their own magic!
    This book-binding looks very complicated ... I would not try :)
    Funny photos of the Oregon Country Fair - I like especially the three singing (or crying?) trees.
    Best regards, Rike

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    1. Thank you, Rike! I liked those trees, too!!

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  12. Her face is so pure - like an angel. The beautiful skin tones add to the delicate aeffect. Did you enjoy doing the background? I enlarged it and was really happy I did. You did a marvelous job.
    I spluttered when I read about the nudity. Then I saw the butt and read your answer so it appears that you obviously saw the frontal regions too. Lol. I didn't realize it was such a "fun" (hem) town.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I did enjoy doing the background.
      The nudity - no full frontal, but lots of bare chested women - some with their chests decorated in paint and some without. I was shocked that it was accepted at the fair (kind of like Woodstock?), especially with people with young kids attending. Like I said, once was enough for me.

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  13. Your 'Art deco lady is so beautiful ,very pure and angelic. And how interesting the book binding, you definitely excel in many areas !

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    1. Thank you, Jane. The book binding was done under the close supervision of a very patient teacher. I don't think I could do anything like this or more complicated by myself.

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  14. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'aime beaucoup la douceur du visage de votre nouvelle peinture... Les couleurs sont très belles.
    Un livre précieux que vous venez de réaliser... Un pliage certes très ambitieux mais l'art le mérite, n'est-ce pas ?!...
    Merci de partager avec nous les multiples photos de ce moment de détente, si cela en fut une !... Des costumes originaux ! parfois pour certains en manque d'inspiration en tenue presque d'Eve !...
    Je ne suis pas fervente de grandes fêtes. En réalité, je n'aime pas trop me retrouver dans la foule.
    Toutefois, comme vous, si cela ne dure pas trop longtemps, ok. Cela me fait apprécier à plus forte raison ensuite la tranquillité de ma campagne !

    Je suis heureuse que vous ayez aimé les oeuvres de mon ami Georges.
    Gros bisous 🌸

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    1. Merci beaucoup mon ami. Le portrait art nouveau a été une expérience pour moi, mais j'ai beaucoup apprécié. Le livre était difficile, mais aussi amusant.
      La foire n'était pas trop relaxante. Comme vous, je n'aime pas trop les foules, mais j'espérais avoir des photos pour les œuvres d'art futures. Malheureusement, nous n'avons pas eu trop de photos, mais nous avons appris à apprécier notre tranquillité à la maison.
      Merci encore de poster les œuvres de votre ami George - un régal!
      Cordialement, Chris

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  15. Dear Chris - such lovely warms against cools really set off her beautiful face. The lavender design in the background is such a stunning piece of this painting that makes it all work together so well. Love it. Sounds like your country fair is real wild place...ours is next week but we are not so "out there" :)!! Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.
      Thank goodness our country fair is different from our state fair - more family friendly, for sure. Hope you have fun at your fair!

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  16. this painting is very beautiful! Also the carnival pics are so interesting and cool, I wish I were there! :)

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