Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Kelly Rae Roberts

A couple of weeks ago I treated myself to the new Kelly Rae Roberts book 'Taking Flight'. I've enjoyed learning how to paint faces, thanks to the Suziblu workshop, and now I want to find out more about the subject.
The book is gorgeous, very inspiring and guides you along your creative journey. Today I decided to follow her instructions for a collage project using postcards and letters as a background.
I used an ACT-sized woodblock to work on (more about those on the Awfully Big Art Adventure very soon!)
First I covered it in (reduced-sized) postcards, old letters and stamps.
Next, I painted the whole thing with brown and green acrylics and wiped a lot of it off to reveal some of the text. Then I drew the figure and painted it in.

Finally I added words, lace and gold pen. I've tried to make my faces different from Suzi's and Kelly's.
It isn't finished though - there's still the other side to do!

I am entering this piece of work for Jo Wholohan's 'Embrace the Face' challenge - the theme for this month is lace.

29 comments:

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh my Linda this is so awesome!! Love everything about this block.

crissi said...

I have just read kelly rea's book to. more wonderful work on wood Linda. love the collage and the girl is just gorgeous.

crissi said...

me again have you though about or do you sell you work Linda?

Heather Robinson said...

This is exactly why we explore and take workshops because we take them and make them our own....just as you have done with these amazing atc sized blocks. Brilliant in every way, my friend!

Shonna said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kaz Scrapz said...

Wow Linda - is there no end to your talents - these blocks are awesome - your painted faces are so beautiful - I would love to be able to create something like this but alas I have zilch drawing talent!

Mar said...

OMGosh this is an awesome concept!!!
love the wood sized atc...aren't you clever
and the artwork is delightful
i like kelly raes book too!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

OH Linda! This is just splendid, ATC size = WOW that is even more impressive! I also bought that book, seeing what you have created makes me want to get it out and get busy. I buy lots of books and then never seem to hold still long enough to do anything with them. This piece is an inspiration, what a beautiful lady you've created!!!

Jo said...

Wow, Linda... I just love them. So wonderful too that you are taking ideas from others and giving them your own unique 'blue eyed girl' twist. Yes, I agree with Crissi, that you should definitely think about selling your work.
Big hugs xxxxx

Chriss Rollins said...

Amazing Talented Lady,

I wish that I could find the words to tell you how your work makes me feel.
I have enjoyed watching you grow...this piece must be my fave of all your work...until the next piece..lol.
B R A V O!!
much love
chriss x

Jackie said...

What lovely faces you do. I think you must be the star pupil.

sesga loves 1950s said...

Your Work is Stunning !!!
Every time I come to visit your blog, I'm in awe of your Talent .
You are Sooooo Talented Linda!!!!!! this work you are doing on the blocks are Amazing .
When are you opening your etsy shop ?

Kelly Rae book does look lovely .I think you have the ability to have your own book very soon.

Love from sesga xxx

Jo Wholohan said...

this is so beautiful, thanks so much for linking to me and participating xx

LaY hOoN said...

Wow !! this is awesome !!! Love it.

Judy S. said...

Linda, I love the way your faces have evolved. These blocks are just beautiful. Drop on by and you can play with Mocha all you want!

Jacky said...

Your woodblocks are beautiful Linda...love this one for the Embrace the Face challenge too.

I am still playing around with my box/house from your challenge last week (I know, I'm slow... so far found the box, sanded and gessoed!!!). I might have to include a few challenges in the one I think.

I have been threatening to buy Kelly Rae's new book, everyone loves it... I think I am going to have to succumb.

Chris said...

Linda your artwork just totally rocks... I am so in awe of how adventurous you have been since you first began your blog.... like a butterfly first opening it's wings you have just blossomed and so wonderfully too.
Your passion for your art shows in every single piece you create and I am so glad to be sharing your journey with you :D
It goes without saying that I love what you are showing us today... it is fabulous!! You really do need to start selling your work... I just know it will sell like hotcakes and I will be at the front of the queue :D
hugs
Chris xx

Rosie said...

They are all right - you are blossoming in front of our eyes. Well done my clever friend!!
Love
Rosie xxx

magpie said...

Linda you have the X factor... with your art .... gorgeous.... the faces are so lifelike...

Viola said...

Wow, stunning work, Linda!!! :o)

Stempelchaotin said...

Yes this book is a great inspiration. I love them.
You made so wonderful blocks.
Really stunning work. Love them.

Jaqi said...

Im totally in awe ! these wood blocks are truly beautiful. Oh Wow Linda, how far you have come and you havent even been blogging a year yet. What an amazing inspiration you are, you work is so beautiful and your talent continues to grow and develop gracefully as we all look on. I agree you should be selling your work, I would be your best customer, its so wonderful. Will you remember us all when you are famous? Well done Linda , keep up the great work, Jaqi xx

SarahD said...

WOW Linda this is just stunning!!! I love it!!!

Kimmie said...

This is beautiful! I love the face you painted! Awesome job!

Rosemary said...

She has such a lovely serene look to her. You always come up with the most inspiring projects.

Anne said...

Hi, Linda! This is so beautiful! I love it! There are so many lovely details. Thanks for sharing it with us! Now I have to go check out that book! :-)

Janny said...

Gorgeous Linda!!

LazyKay said...

Excellent, she looks quite shoulful.

xxxxxx

Altered Route said...

Very Cool!! Love her book and I am in awe of your work here!
Connie