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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Once upon a time, a little girl was born on a tiny tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. She loved her birthplace very much, but for some reason, she kept moving farther and farther away from it, until one day she ended up on the opposite side of the world. Now she spends her days in a wet grey city painting pictures of the home she abandoned.





Materials: 18" x 24" canvas, yellow-grey milliput, acrylics, watercolors, glue, clear semi-gloss varnish and sand from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Also, it still doesn't feel quite finished. AAARGH.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:11 (UTC)

Thank you.

Me too. I hope to hear it again in person, sometime soon. *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:12 (UTC)
I'm glad. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:14 (UTC)
That's a beautifully expressed compliment. You have the magic word-smithing touch, and my gratitude.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:18 (UTC)
Thank you. Now I have to make something with my collection of shells from Hawaii. I picked most of them up after storms. That's when the lovely amazing whole shells and sea urchin spines and sharks' teeth wash up on the beach.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:21 (UTC)
I love your honesty! Your comment made me sniffly. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:32 (UTC)
I have the approval of Mother Russia, and that's all that really matters. Woo!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:33 (UTC)
Thank you, sir.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:10 (UTC)
Hooray! It's actually really robust, even more so than #1 - you could touch it or poke at it without fear of damaging it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:07 (UTC)
I thought about putting in a bird footprint or something like that, but like you said, my intention was to leave the sense of scale somewhat ambiguous. So I'm not sure what to add. And you're right, it's definitely the land that's still bothering me, not the sand or the foam.

If you would be willing to collect some Hawaiian sand for me, I would be overjoyed. Thank you so much for the offer.

Also, let me know if you find the name of the artist you mentioned.

Also also, a close-up of the sand/foam interface is here.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:28 (UTC)
You used your owl icon! I'm delighted and honored.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:44 (UTC)
The seam is actually the result of the rounded edge I molded between the milliput and the canvas and numerous applications of washes of watered-down white acrylic.

I just started using acrylic gels. Still experimenting; we'll see how it goes. ;-)

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:49 (UTC)
You've seen it in person, which I think makes a difference too. You'll have to see it again, as it's changed quite a bit from the last time you were here.

Still working on the Snow/Armored Bear one. Trying to make it less sugary.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-12 22:53 (UTC)
Your comment rocks. Coming from you makes it doubly cool. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-13 19:52 (UTC)
You may have mentioned it before, but not to me. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-13 19:42 (UTC)
I don't want to put in anything that will destroy the ambiguity of the scale, though. I'm not sure what the tiny contrasty thing would be or where it would go. I don't want to put in animals or figures or shells. Whatever tiny contrasty thing I add would probably on the land bit at the top, which in my opinion is the least interesting portion of the painting at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-13 19:40 (UTC)
I like that description. It's the bubbles, isn't it. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-13 19:39 (UTC)
I'd love to photograph the paintings outside, but since the weather here doesn't often permit me to carry them around and the area around my flat isn't conducive to setting up a shoot, I have to do it inside. At the moment I don't have the proper lighting equipment to avoid using the flash, so my photos of my artwork end up being kind of crappy. At an angle (top photo) I get fewer reflections from the varnish, but it's not ideal.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-13 19:58 (UTC)
Heh. I'd say I find it more difficult to make random shapes than to make regular patterns. It's strange how easy it is to get locked into uniformity. Thank you for the comment on the splitting of the areas. It "felt right" to me. I can see the aesthetic advantage now that you pointed it out, but I think I'll do better in the future if I make such design decisions consciously, if that makes sense.

You're not crap at critiques. If you think of anything else, please do share.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-15 16:39 (UTC)

Thank you.

Yeah, I remember that. Mrr. A lot of that sadness went into this painting.

I should send him a postcard too. Seaview Tavern, that was the address, right?
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