helblonde: (Art Crawl)
Last weekend I remade a hat in preparation for having fun with [livejournal.com profile] joycebre. We've been talking forever about renaissance hair bleaching (and where the bleep is that woodcut with the woman with the broad-brimmed hat bleaching her hair?) and I've been saying that i needed to make a bleaching hat. Well, I finally did it!


Pictures... lots of pictures... )

I'm looking forward to experimenting with medieval hair bleach next... on someone else's hair.
helblonde: (Art Crawl)
You have an art time travel machine. You can pick five artists to do a likeness of you (it doesn't have to be painting or photography). Assume that all the payment, scheduling, and so forth are taken care of - you just show up for your sitting(s) with temporally appropriate clothing that is esthetically pleasing to you. But these are for your personal enjoyment only - they can't be sold or even revealed to the world at large.  You can pick different eras of the same person if they are different enough (e.g. Picasso)

So, who do you pick? 
  1. John Singer Sargent
  2. Michelangelo (in marble)
  3. Dorothea Lange
  4. Hilliard, no, wait, Maxfield Parrish
  5. Durer, no, Edmund Leighton
helblonde: (12th Night)
From [livejournal.com profile] broider_barones 
******Please cross post******************

There will be classes at the upcoming West AnTir War.
There will be demonstrations of arts and science stuff a the upcoming West AnTir
War.
There will be A&S challenges at the upcoming West AnTir War.

We want everyone to come play and learn. What do you want to learn? What do you
want to teach? demonstrate?

We have 3 full days full of learning opportunities. Let us know what you want to
be doing. We have some classes already planned, but there is room for more. We
hope to begin posting soon so please let me know your ideas.

Here is what we have on the list so far:
weaving -- a couple different classes
flax - from grass to thread
pewter - demonstration on token making
needlework classes
knittting - heels
paternosters for men (women welcome)
16th C Salon with "classes"

We also will have THE FIRST EVER MEDIEVAL SOCK WARS!!!!!!!!
Onsite - make a medieval sock. We will provide pattern, needles, instructions
and wool - courtesy of Brown Sheep Wool Company for up to 20 participants. There
will be prizes for first done (only need to do 1 sock) and judges choice. Both
knitted or naalbinded socks will be accepted.

And more!!!!!

Please contact me as soon as possible with your requests for classes and offers.
Thank-you.
helblonde: (Shadayim)
As promised, here is a pic of the Flying Spaghetti Monster that [livejournal.com profile] evil_macaroni  knit.
Still Awesome! )
There are a couple more pics of His Noodliness here.
helblonde: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] moriven has posted pics on his Smugmug site of the reliquary (aka my liquid lunchbox) that [profile] ermine_rat made me to hold two period glasses I have, so I can safely take them to events.

Rat - the photos are yours to grab.

Atelier

Apr. 9th, 2009 11:41 am
helblonde: (Just B)
I've been chewing on teaching some classes based on research I've been doing about renaissance painting techniques. What I'd like to do is a series of classes taking students through the different skills learned by a painter's apprentice. I could see the series running something like this:

Drawing:
1 - introduction to drawing basic 3 dimensional shapes; shading and perspective
2 - drawing more complex shapes; still life and landscape features, principles of light
3 - drawing the human figure

Design
4 - priciples of layout and design for the renaissance painter; Pythagorean harmonies
5 - color theory; symbology, light, warmth and coolness
6 - create the design; figural studies, color studies

Painting
7 - basics of paint and supplies; tempera, oil colors, how they're made, what they're used for, brushes, panels, canvas
7.1 - maybe how to make oil paint. Maybe not, it's often toxic and requires a lot of expensive supplies
7.2 - maybe goldwork; it's not something I really want to teach and is much less common as we get into renaissance painting
8 - preparing the ground; gesso/priming, design transfer
9 - basics of painting; brushwork, glazing, scumbling, grisaille, imprimatura, etc. I'll probably use acryllics for this. They have a lot of the same properties as oils, but dry faster and are less toxic.
10 - basics of painting; starting the background
11- working the paints; adding lights, darks, and mid-tones
12 - finishing; details, glazes

Obviously, this would take several years to go through. I could see doing some of the design classes as open groups, but the hands-on classes would have to be smaller. In theory, I could take a group of gifted students through 1-3, 4-6, or 8 & 10-12 in a day, but they'd really need a lot of practice to get comfortable between the steps, so I don't know that any one group would be comfortable going through all three/four classes that way. To run true to period practice, the students would take 8-12 twice. The first time to copy a master, the second time to paint their own design.

Also, my imagination has been tickled by [livejournal.com profile] vittoriosa 's idea of doing classes in persona. That might be worth exploring, too. I think it would add a nice flavor to the atelier.

Does this sound like a series that people would be interested in? I can see folks being loosely interested in the design aspects, but don't know that a lot of people are willing to put in the years of practice it will take to learn to draw and then to learn to paint after that.

More bed

Oct. 21st, 2008 10:02 pm
helblonde: (Just B)

[livejournal.com profile] aastg - you asked for closeups of the bed. [livejournal.com profile] moriven has posted the pics on his SmugMug site so you can see them full size. 

 http://martinorivenstar.smugmug.com/gallery/6333697_ZzNCx/1/399599990_uttnt#399599990_uttnt
helblonde: (pavilion)
We had an awesome weekend!

Saturday, moriven did super well in the tournament. I think he was #5 in the day. He beat Viscountess Brin and Herzog Matthias in super cool fights. He held his ground and kicked some donkey even with Matthias all over him with his dagger. I'm so proud :) He also had an awesome fight with Sir Conall. They looked like they were having so much fun! That makes me happy.

Sunday, we went down to the races at Laguna Seca. It was my first time going to a race. It was pretty cool - especially the Porsches. I think I grinned like an idiot for most of the day because moiven was having a good time and having my honey happy makes me happy.

ETA: He was fourth in the tournament!

For the dozen people who I have not brought to my bed... I bring my bed to you! )
helblonde: (Just B)

I've been reading Traditional Oil Painting by Virgil Elliott. In it he says something that I think is valuable to artists of all kinds.

"Another harmful influence is the social convention that compels us to feign humility, to pretend we are less than we are, in order to be liked. The danger in such self-deprecation is that it becomes all too easy to fall into the trap of believing it. This may well be a contributing cause of the 'I could never do that' attitude. It is destructive, from an artist's standpoint, because it denies reality. Arbitrary notions of one's personal limitations are rarely realistic. How desirable a quality is humility if it inhibits one from wholeheartedly pursuing worthy achievements, greatness, excellence? It must be recognized as potentially detrimental to an artist. Confidence is necessary to proceed in any worthwhile endeavor."

helblonde: (Just B)
I just finished the main painting on the headboard and footboard of my camp bed! Hooray! Well, I still want to do some detail painting on the back of the headboard, but that's really a brandy soak for an already iced cake.

Now I just need to varnish the crap out of the bed. The paint is getting damaged just by leaning against stuff in the garage, so the sooner the better for that. We are experimenting right now with a combination of spray-on varnish to get an initial coat on and then brushing on a heavier varnish. Hopefully that will prevent the problem I had with the side boards where the varnish lifted the gold paint and smeared it everywhere I brushed.
helblonde: (Shadayim)
[livejournal.com profile] moriven and I went down to Tarnmist this weekend so I could teach my delayed hat workshop. We had a fabulous time. Achmere and Kathryn are excellent hosts :)

Saturday saw four folks up from the Isle, and a bunch of Tarnmisties. We started the day with Viking and Mongol hats, moved to Tres Riches Heures hats, hoods, then a flat cap and it's big brother the German pizza hat. We topped of the day with a 16th c. Spanish man's tall hat. I think we had 13 completed hats by the end of the day and another two still to be finished. Everyone who came went home with at least one completed hat. Some people had two!

Sunday I did some patterning for a few folks. I did a houppelande for Kathryn, a cotehardie and burgundian gown (hubba hubba!) for [livejournal.com profile] medeia , and a boy's cotehardie for [livejournal.com profile] razor_dancer . Mini-dancer is very into fashion, so we measured her, too, and suggested a few fancy, yet scalable dresses.

I would definitely do another workshop weekend*. I would recommend it to any artist, in fact. Everyone was very gracious, and grateful that I had come down. The people who used supplies - go faux fur and ostrich feathers! -  that I had brought paid me for them without having to be reminded. (I did request this in the pre-class email. I'm all about setting expectations.) I can't think of a better workshop I've had.

* Maybe houppelandes to go with the Tres Riches Heures hats?  )

Arts Update

Sep. 2nd, 2008 09:43 pm
helblonde: (Just B)
So, the Feast of Fine Arts is proceeding with only a tiny amount of background teeth gnashing and head banging.

Yes! We still have tickets! Just because the site rules prohibit us from collecting money on site, doesn't mean our exchequer can't walk across the street to take your money doesn't mean that you couldn't still mail in a check! (I got yours, by the way, kahnegabs. Thank you.)

In other realms of my artistic endeavors, I have taken a moment to slap some sense into my self. No, I will not enter the Arts competitions at October Crown, no matter how fun and sexy Durer Drawers would be or how full of [something] it would be to use men's thong underwear in the ballistics competition (it's a pouch, right? Like a sling for, uh, stones). My mind, she wanders, but my research, she is sound.

At the last (well, really, first) minute I remembered that A) I don't do arts competitions and B) I have a boatload of arts projects already on the drawing board.

My project list and the date for the Tarnmist hat workshop )
helblonde: (Default)
I spent today laying down the background paint on the headboard and foodboard on our camp bed. Then  I did the acanthus leaves on our new sunshade. It felt good to get back to that project.

This evening we had a tasting dinner for the feast. Yay, bunny! Branwen's boys are a hoot.
helblonde: (oak and acorn)
So, my friends, these are the projects that have consumed my world for the past two months. I'm pretty pleased with how they came out (my terrible calligraphy notwithstanding.) I promise I'll practice more before I calligraph again ;) [profile] ermine_rathas promised to stand over me with a whip while I do it (and, sadly, learn just how focused I can be when I *really* concentrate). 

I'll always treasure the look you gave me, [profile] ermine_rat, when you asked when the second scroll was being given out and I said it was at Purg, too. I'm impressed at your fortitude in not saying what you were clearly thinking. I'd say it's still open to question whether I was out of my mind. 


I am very pleased with [profile] misagillian's scroll. I'll post another photo once I get a pic of it sealed.

I can't tell you how anxious I was to get the scrolls delivered. I've never experienced that with clothing or hats. I've never had nightmares about water spilling over my art, either. So, uh, that's, like, a not-cool part of the illumination process. 


So what's my next project? [profile] vt6000, you should give me some answers. (Check your LJ messages, man.)
helblonde: (Default)
So I was looking at pictures to come up with inspiration for the G&G party that callistotoni is throwing...

...and I just want to say that Cranach was the biggest pornographer of the 16th century.
helblonde: (pavilion)
I realize there was this whole event around the Arts and Sciences this weekend, but I decided to stay home and, well,  do Art and Science. The bed rail painting is about halfway done. I've nearly finished the complicated bits (a leopard spotted centaur? yeesh), then comes the acanthus leaves, calligraphy, and gold leaf (I'm taking this from le manuscripte, if you recall). We've decided on a design for the headboard, which will be much easier to accomplish than the side rails.

[profile] moriven and [profile] falzalot also made tremendous progress in prepping the new poles for our dayshade and her pavilion. THey just need a finer sanding, then it's on to the fun with stain bit.
helblonde: (clara)
This was my own personal arts and sciences weekend.  

Thursday I came home and got a wild hare up my keister, so I cut back some of the ivy that was growing through the fence into my patio. This caused the rest of the ivy to pull the fence over the other way. Apparently those bugs that we told the landlord about really were eating away the fence. I ended up cutting away a big chunk of ivy just so the whole fence would not go over. moriven came home just as I was hauling the larger chunk - maybe 6'x4'x3' - to the trash. The look on his face was priceless.

I got the next coat of paint on the side rails of the bed. I'm down to the detail work now. I had to go out to buy different paint yesterday because the latex house paint that I've been working with, while durable, dries too fast to do the blending and shading that I want. I think it will provide a nice undercoat, but the details are going to be done in acryllic. Then we're going to varnish the crap out of it. (Right, right, sure, I could do it in period paint... but I'm not really up for grinding my own pigments, thanks.) I finally decided on the design for when I paint the footboard, but I'm nowhere near starting that project. I want to finish the sides first. The headboard, well, we're still debating.

I also got a ton of necklaces made. And photographed! And posted on smugmug! Tusya, I'll have some of these for your next auction. I need to find a good time to give them to you. Some will go the the Esfenn raffle, too (more about that in a later post). 

Last night I finished another big piece in the massive embroidery undertaking. I am pleased.

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