Daub du Jour
My name is Marianne Plumridge. I am an artist of mythic fantasy works and fine art images. More of which can be seen at my website, 'MariannePlumridge.com', and also my main Blog, 'Muse du Jour'. These sites are in the links section of this page. This site began life as a painting a day blog in 2007. However that project has now passed, but I still find myself painting in that way. So this site will now be the showcase my new paintings as inspired by those previous efforts.
- Name: Marianne
- Location: New England, United States
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I tried very hard to convey the colours and form of Altaira's garden without painting every little detail. To do so would detract from the busy lines of the birds and Robby. All of my robot and bird paintings deliberately have nebulous backgrounds so they don't compete, but enhance the hard-edged lines of the robots.
Drawing up the final design for BIRD FEEDER was time consuming to say the least. I'll confess that I did trace his outline from one of my photo shoot photos, but ended up painstakingly drawing in most of the detail by comparing the actual toy robot and secondary photos just to make sure that I didn't miss anything important. It took me an hour or so to draw down the design on to the canvas, using an enlarged photocopy dusted with graphite powder on the back. I'm sorry, I'm not one of these artists who have a copy center photocopy a drawing onto canvas or watercolour paper, then seal it with resin varnish or Liquin before painting over it in oil or acrylic paint. I like to FEEL the raw drawing beneath my brushes...but I do set it first with a faint mist of Workable Fixative spray before laying paint. And if I haven't mentioned it before, I prefer working on canvas, stretched or backed onto board, rather than masonite or birch panel. I've worked on gessoed masonite over the years and have often found it 'unforgiving' for some reason. I'm not sure why, though. Perhaps I inherently prefer the 'tooth' of a nice fine canvas...usually after a few extra coats of gesso and gently sanded back.
When I was painting BIRD FEEDER, I ended up holding the toy in my left hand and paintbrush in my right hand when painting his head gears and other subtle detail. Photos are alright for design, but it's best to rely on the actual subject/object for intrinsic detail, textures and surfaces, etc. when you can. Funnily enough, one of the birds ended up getting left out of the final design drawing, and only came to light when I was counting beaks and painting them in. Can you see which one is missing? I had to sketch him in with a fine brush and fill in the rest as I normally do when painting birds; wet in wet. Lots of nice smooshes to create feathers and depth...
Most of the usual suspects reigned on my palette: Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White, Sap Green, Terre Verte, Cadmium Orange Hue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Lemon and Yellow Ochre. Note again, how there is never any tube of black paint anywhere on my palette: I threw them away years ago. All of Robby's glossy black body is painted using Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine - warm black through cool black. That's a trick I learned from Tim Hildebrandt and it has ever stood me in good stead when painting. Brushes were from broad 1" Flats, Filberts, and Angle brushes for the background, and Size 6 Filberts and Flats for the filling in work on Robby, and very fine Size 0 and 1 Rounds for the fine detail and birds. Surprisingly, my big fluffy blending brushes weren't required much. Most of the background soft depths were created 'wet in wet' with the paint brushes specified. I LOVE painting wet in wet...so many happy accidents to be had.
Anyway, that's it for now.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
This little painting wasn't planned at all. I thought that I might use up some more of my little 6x6" stretched linens by painting more 'Rover Snapshots' for Illuxcon next week. I pulled out my photos of Rover and my sketchbook with some new bird sketches that I'd done in previous months. What resulted was a drawing more complicated than I was anticipating. So I hauled out a larger canvas and made it a more involved painting. The result is kind of cute. Rover just LOVES making friends...and is very cute in doing so. The Blue Jay is kind of ignoring him right at first...
This is the drawing... Who can resist that puppy enthusiasm expression?
Here is a shot of my brand new floor easel sporting the painting and all of my references. To the right is Rover himself peeking around the edge.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by again...
A Different Robot Point of View...
I did not stray far from my regular palette. Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Lemon, a tiny touch of Cobalt Blue, and the usual suspects of Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, and Burnt Sienna.
I have the feeling that Sparky will appear in future paintings, but for the moment, this is his grand debut.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A Winter English Robin...
Palette included: Titanium White, Cadmium Orange, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and a a tiny bit of Alizarin Crimson. I used a 1/2" Sloped Wedge brush for the background, along with a worn #4 Filbert, and of course, a big fluffy blending brush. Fine rounds were used for the bird himself.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A New Bird Painting...
I painted this little bird at Illuxcon 5 at Altoona, Pennsylvania two weeks ago. A public demo in fact. I seem to be getting better at painting in public, even though I spent the first half of my life deathly afraid of public performance of any nature. I guess we all grow up and outgrow certain things. Anyway, this is my little English Robin...aka Robin Red Breast... and he was a joy to paint. The subtleties of his brushy feathers are a bit lost in this photo, and the whites have muddied slightly. Sorry about that. I toyed with the details on Photoshop, but to no avail. I'll try again another time.
Meanwhile, this is me, using my little Guerrilla Painter Box again. I love that box. Everyone else in the show was painting large canvases with complicated subjects...presumably, some of the artists brought their day job to Illuxcon so they wouldn't miss out any work time on them. Mind you, I got asked so many times during the weekend, about 'did I finish my bird painting?' and 'is it for sale?' that I think half of the convention attendees must have stopped by to watch me work. That's entirely too flattering for words, considering how many Art Gods and Art Godlets were showing the most gorgeous paintings in the same hall.
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