Friday, 30 October 2015

Triptychs and Faces!

Welcome to Magpieheaven, Followers and Friends. Although I have been lucky enough to have a GD spot from time to time, it's been a little while since I added my link to the PaperArtsy blog and I've really had fun doing this after a little break. There is some amazing inspiration on the PaperArtsy blog here and so far Alison Bomber and Florence Adam have created two highly individual and inspiring triptychs for this fortnight's challenge that have fired me with enthusiasm! It's also Kim Dellow's 'Show Your Face on Friday' today, which is one of my favourite blogs so I'm adding this little face project to both PaperArtsy and Show Your Face. 
I loved the antique triptychs, some of them beautifully carved devotional pieces with a figure of a face as a focal feature, that Leandra included in her introduction to this fortnight's PaperArtsy Challenge, so the idea of a miniature creation with a hint of the Old Masters and maybe a festive feel, began to form in my mind. I began by drawing a face. I looked at work by artists like Raphael, Giotto and Leonardo; but obviously I'm not an accomplished enough artist to recreate their work: I just wanted to give the impression of something old and mysterious. This is what I came up with:


I didn't want to add hair. I just wanted to keep the portrait simple. I scanned my sketch, which I did in Pan Pastels, soft pencil and fine liner into my computer.
Here you can see the portrait reduced in Word to fit onto a little MDF house shape of approximately 2" x 1.5" and form the centre of these three pieces. I used the top layer of some paper napkins with birds on them to create the wings; some hands drawn by myself and some stamping from a Lynne Perrella set of stamps for the Latin inscriptions (008). I stamped these onto PaperArtsy Chatsworth paper. The roofs are copper foil sheets, embossed by hand and painted with Turquoise Fresco. In this picture I was just playing around with ideas, so not everything is glued into place.
Here the triptych has been given little windows cut from Lynne Perrella 033. I clear embossed black Archival over card, painted with Yellow Submarine, Tangerine Twist and Tango. The snow is Snowflake Fresco applied with the tip of a cocktail stick. I liked the idea of this mysterious angel landing somewhere on Earth in the midst of winter and hearing the sound of singing and the 'merry organ' from behind those lighted church windows. A celestial creature, hovering between heaven and earth, does this messenger from 'on high' feel just a little excluded from the festivities?
008 for the roof work with some more 033 for contrast...
Then - if we flip the triptych...
I wanted to create the impression on the reverse of an illuminated manuscript in miniature. The letters are from a Tim Holtz alphabet and they are stamped in white Fresco and clear embossed: the MDF pieces have been painted with Little Black Dress Fresco. Once again, I've combined collage from tissue napkins and stamping from LPC 008 and 033 on Chatsworth. Thank you so much for dropping by Magpieheaven today and taking a look at what I've been up to. I'm really looking forward to seeing the other triptychs this fortnight at PA. Have a lovely week, whether you're busy creating triptychs or practising creating portraits - or both!

25 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous, Julie Ann, and so is the face on its own. I love how thick the pieces of wood are; the houses look so solid,

    Lucy x

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  2. Your house pieces are really great. Love these faces. xox

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  3. Wonderful architectural triptych, Julie Ann - I love how the golden window glow as though they are illuminated from within, and the gentle expression on the lovely face offers the perfect mood of serenity to accompany the medieval script and foil gilding. Just lovely!
    Alison xx

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  4. Wonderful triptych Julie. Love the face and all the tiny details into such small areas amazes me.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  5. Really beautiful Julie Ann..I love the reversible sides too! Good job!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. beautiful triptych Julie Ann..gorgeous face and colours are stunning! Love the wings xx

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  7. Wonderful face and the triptych is fantastic, love it! Hugs, Valerie

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  8. I love these little houses of yours! This triptych is amazing!

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  9. This really is incredible Julie Ann! Your face has a wonderful classic look and here in your tryptich she has the perfect setting! Wonderful! Chrisx

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  10. Very nice! Love the colors and attention to detail.

    This reminds me that I should make some scans of my own faces so I can use them in other ways and other projects. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

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  11. Absolutely love the additions on the back of these Julie Ann....what turns a great piece into a really special one! Xx

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  12. This Triptych is just amazing and the face itself is really beautiful - you made an outstanding piece of art with it!
    Fabulous Julie Ann!
    oxo
    Susi

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  13. She is a wondrous celestial creature bringing JOY to everyone on angel's wings!
    ♥ ♥ ♥ your beautiful and original triptych dear Julie Ann oxo
    Happy end of October to you and yours.

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  14. Wonderful triptych.... absolutely love your little house theme, and everything you are doing with that! This is fabulous with the wings..... a sweet angel spirit to watch over you and yours! Love it! xxx Lynn And ps, thank you so much for the birthday wishes!

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  15. Love the story of the mysterious angel landing on earth in the midst of winter. You made a wonderful piece of art out of it! Can't believe you got all these details on a small piece like this. Great work!

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  16. This is excellent Julie Ann!! Amazing your face drawing, she is so beautiful. I love this. xxx

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  17. Wonderful Julie Ann, you really are on a creative roll! Love! Thank you for linking up to Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

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  18. Brilliant Julie Ann! I absolutely felt the angel floating softly as she awaited her place on the triptych! Your art is amazing and as others have said magical! thank you for taking me with you on this journey!
    Love & hugs,
    Jackiexx

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  19. Julie Ann, you know I love your work and I adore your triptych! Thank you for sharing your techniques. You have inspired me to make one! Well, at least it's on my list of things to do!! Keep creating Magic!
    XO
    Kim
    http://www.Imgirlwithoutwings.com

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  20. I haven't seen triptychs before and I simply have to tell you that I think the one above is totally brilliant. Now I don't normally stray from the rigid boundaries of Portraiture and Architectural drawing... but ... you are tempting me to have a go at these! Thank you for sharing, Julie Ann.

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  21. another beautiful project - the details you include in all projects are amazingxx

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  22. What a wonderful triptych. Love all the details like the windows and the roof.

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  23. Gorgeous triptych Julie Ann! Love the face and the Verdigris copper roofs look fantastic.

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