Saturday, October 7, 2017

I WILL REMEMBER YOU


I am a design team member for Retro Cafe Art Gallery and once a month I have the privilege of creating something from Retro's huge inventory of crafting supplies and posting about it here. As soon as I have completed a post, I am already thinking about my next one, so much so that I am always really early. This month was the first time I can remember that I was unable to find the inspiration to complete even one of the three projects I started for this post.

It's hard to wrap your mind around the devastation and loss of life from hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the earthquake in Mexico and most recently, the loss of lives in Las Vegas. It's an emotional roller coaster and it's more than anyone's heart can bear to take all of it in and yet to move on with my blessed life almost seems to border on the edge of forget. I don't want to forget. I want to mourn for those parents, for those families, for those friends of loved ones. I want to remember those that left this earth so unexpectedly. I want to remember the humanitarians, the unnamed people, the medics, the firefighters, the heroes. I want to remember all the good that was and all the good that is and all the good that continues to shine through even in the darkest of times. So with all these feelings preventing me from completing the projects I started, they led me on a journey to this one at the last hour, and this one felt right....
                        "I Will Remember You".
I love the articulated Santos Cage Dolls, this is one of the large ones. The face is one of the molded faces from artist Lyn Belisle. This is how I started:
Glue the cage together first. Use some Apoxie Sculpt inside the concave back part of the face and attach the face to the body. Add another small piece to the top to attach the crown. Once that is dry, attach the body to the cage. I used white tacky glue but I also added some Apoxie Sculpt to the center insert where the body attaches since the molded face made the body piece a little heavier. This will insure that the body will be firmly attached.
Next, paint the entire piece with a layer of white gesso. Let dry. 
Paint the cage and body with Golden's Paynes Gray, including the arms that are not attached to the body yet. Make a thin wash of the Paynes Gray and go over the face. Next dry brush all over the gray with an Ivory acrylic paint to give it texture. 
While that is drying. 
Paint the crosses with Paynes Gray, Ivory, Burnt Sienna, Van Dyke Brown.
On the bottom of the cage, add scrapes of art paper, over lapping them. Wash over the papers with thinned down Golden -Van Dyke Brown Hue. Once dry, use your stencil for the crosses with Ivory acrylic paint. The stencil I used is from the Limited Edition Fundraiser +ArtistsforArtists+.

Next, go over the entire piece again with a thinned down wash of Van Dyke Brown Hue, including the face and the arms. Let dry.Use the stencil again for the upper body.

Attach the arms once the stenciled crosses on the upper body are dry. Cut and snip the brads to shorten them on the back.








Add more texture to the crosses and attach them to the slats on the cage using the white tacky glue.









The cards in the background of my photos in this post are all beautiful art cards by Artists; Julie Prichard, Lynne Perrella, Judi Riesch, Laurie Mika, Lisa Hoffman, MaryBeth Shaw, Michelle Ward, Sam Ward and Andrew Borloz, who collaborated with Michelle Ward for the +ArtistsForArtists+ Limited Edition Fundraiser. The link is on the Supplies List where you can order these cards, donate to a worthy cause and receive the cross stencil that you see on my Santos Doll.




 SUPPLIES

Small Wire cutters
Artist Paper Scraps
Aves Apoxie Sculpt
Golden Paynes Gray
Golden Burnt Sienna
Golden White Titanium
Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue


23 comments:

  1. Brilliant and so ver poignant. 💜

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  2. Such a lovely way to remember, and so beautiful a piece.

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    1. Thank you Kristin. It's always a joy to work with one of your Santos Doll kits!!

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  4. She is very moving, Kim. Love this way of expressing grief, remembrance and beauty. xox

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  5. Kim, what a lovely piece - that face is divine. Simply handsome, and motivated by real feelings. Thanks for sharing your process, and for the shout out about our fundraiser. Means a lot to be able to help other artists, especially at times like this.

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle for your comment and for organizing such a worthy fund raiser.
      xx

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  6. She is beautiful Kim and thank you for taking the time to say what you so beautifully said and to say it's okay to take time to mourn and remember. I too always think of the families of the victims....they walk invisible amongst us with overwhelming emotions yet we pass them unknowingly....that is why the smallest kind jester or word can mean so much to someone without you even being aware. Thus your words and art have brought job to us and the invisible ones too!

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    1. Thank you Linda for taking the time to comment. Your words are light to my heart!
      xx

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  7. Kim what a lovely heartfelt piece. I love her even more knowing where your inspiration came from.
    I pray for all those who been affected by such grief and tragedy as of late,and am grateful to be blessed, even as you say, it see,s difficult at this time.

    Beautiful Santos,Beautiful You,Kim!
    Hugs,Jackie xx

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    1. Thank you Jackie! We each walk over blessings everyday without notice, it's times like these that make us so grateful for every detail.
      xx

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  8. This is such a beautiful project! Excellent job!!

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  9. Beautiful Kim. I just bought some faces from Lyn because of you!

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    1. Thank you Robin and for taking the time to stop and comment. I love that you bought some faces from Lyn!! Her faces are so expressive and real. I am a fan of her work and yours!!!
      xx

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  10. I almost have no words for how you have expressed what I think most of us are feeling about this subject. Very beautiful, profound, and heartfelt. Thank you. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Sheila!! From my heart to yours!!
      xx

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  11. This is a beautiful and humbling piece of art. A precious tribute to recent tragic losses.

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  12. A lovely piece and a touching post! ♥ Frani

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