Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"Big Ears" - SOLD



Click Here to Bid

I found this cute little mouse at a real dive of a thrift store with my mom this weekend. We decided that the real finds are often at the dives where you have to squeeze around towers of crap and search through boxes. As opposed the the well lit thrift stores where everything is organized and easy to see - then all the good stuff is found right away, by someone else! The mouse is ceramic and painted gold. A student of mine recently asked me how to acheive the look of gold. I said "there is no secret - paint what you see." Well, shamefully I admit I wasn't successful in acheiving the look of gold here. I will try again tomorrow and pass on anything I learn.

Click here to see progress on the studio.

13 comments:

Carolina said...

What a finding, nice and cute little mouse. Waiting for version Nº 2 then!

Bobbi Heath said...

He looks pretty gold to me! Looking forward to Mouse version 2 and what you learn.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Adorable! And I sense a challenge on the blogsphere - let's all paint something gold! Maybe collectively we can figure it out!
I agree, painting what you see the key, but sometimes our eyes deceive us!

Sharlette said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Sharlette said...

Isn't Gold a reflection of light? Just thinking out loud here... I am so totally an amateur here....

LSaeta said...

Wow - you managed to take an ordinary "trinket" and turn it in to a masterpiece. Way to go!

Mónica said...

Carol, once I had to paint something gold and I just used gold paint and for the darks or shaded areas I mixed it with brown (raw umber).
I like your mouse!
Mónica

Elenka said...

Awwwww !

Karen Fabian said...

Hi Carol,

I love your work! I hope this isn't too presumptuous to offer info but I have a book entitled "Helen Van Wyck's Favorite Oil Paint Recipes". Have you heard of her? She was a great artist. I'm not a big fan of recipes in most cases, but when I am stuck, recipes can be handy. She recommends Raw Sienna for the base color with a mixture of Cad Yellow Light and Cad Orange for reflected light. And for darks, Alizarin Crimson and Ivory Black into Raw Sienna to up the contrast (my personal nemesis). Highlights--the usual suspects.

Pamela Nichols said...

I was going to tell you about Helen Van Wyk's color recipes, but Karen Fabian beat me to it. I have all of Helen's books and DVD's, and her recipes never fail!

Nicole Leigh said...

I really love this! Well done!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

sweet!

Jeb said...

Thift stores are great places to find stuff to paint!