Tricia Griffith – Fine Art


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Corrugated Art: Barred Owl

10363853_10152801580177356_3186119471248526327_n (1)This is the second of the bargain 8×10 stretched canvasses that I scored at Goodwill. For this one, I thought the small size of the canvas was suited to a little barred owl.

This one was tricky in that I made some efforts to manipulate the cardboard to represent the direction of the feathers, which meant figuring out how to make the facial disc common in owls. For this, I actually peeled both sides of the paper off the cardboard and used only the corrugation for the face. I folded it into a fan shape and then quickly glued it into place before the fan unfolded itself.

10462714_10152499254162356_7182690841487077412_nI waffled for a while on what to do with the eyes, and finally decided to deviate from the use of cardboard in order to get a more of the effect of shiny, bright eyes. I ended up making them with a high grade polymer clay, which I baked and painted with black acrylic, then a coating of clear acrylic to make them more shiny. I carved out a bit of the cardboard where I was going to place the eyes in order to sink them into the face a little bit more.

10537333_10152585497977356_8626621735022915593_nA coating of white gesso, and then many, many layers of paint in order to try to capture the color pattern of the barred owl and a feathery feel. I gave him a little tree to hang out in and a few leaves as embellishments. In the photo to the left, I included my hand to give a feel for the size of the art.

The original of this work has been sold!

~Tricia

 

 


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Pet Portrait: Shelby, Lacy & Shyla

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Another Christmas of 2014 pet portrait commission. This special portrait included their current pups and one they had lost. I love doing portraits like this, bringing the whole fur family together, past and present.

This a colored pencil portrait on 11×14 bristol board. It was also one that made me decide that more than two pets on 11×14 is a bit too snug. I like the pets to be big enough to get some good detail, and I kind of feel like I need to cram them in too much on smaller paper. I’ve since added a larger sized 14×17 option for multiple pets.

As far as the colored pencil goes, I am happy with how this one came out. I managed to avoid getting carried away with the layers of color and kept the lighter pencil feel that I like. This was a fun combination of colors to do, though I think the liver colored Lacy was my favorite. I’m also a big fan of spaniels, which made this one fun!

~Tricia