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Old 02-25-2012, 02:03 AM
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Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

I am for the moment doing a small series of small 20x20cm paintings of different birds. They all have the same background in common when I start: I have covered them in book pages.
In the first one that I have finished, I have not painted any background, but left the book pages as is. I am a little afraid that this will cause the background to yellowing over time, though. It is 'SHY', a small european robin painted in oil.
Anyway, what do you think of this approach?



I have a Bullfinch and a Long tailed-tit on the easel, so I will post them as soon as they are finished.

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:39 AM
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

I like the background but think it would be better if it were not pieced together. It's a little distracting as it is now.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:51 AM
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

It turned out beautifully!! Really love the little bird.

But I'm a bit afraid for the longevity of the piece - the pages will of course yellow over time, but more immediately, won't the oil "eat through" the paper?

Eh - if the original doesn't last, you can always sell a beautiful series of bird prints!
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

I think it's a great idea (:
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:33 PM
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

Thank you all so much for looking and commenting!

Bonnie:The book pages that I used are smaller than the canvas, so there will always be overlapping edges when I cover the canvas this way. But you are right, one of the edges do spring out much more than the others, and that is because one of the pages had a chinese drawing on it that I first wanted to use as a part of the painting, but when I started painting the bird it was too distracting, so I glued over it with more pages. I have to see if I in the future can minimize the edges so that they are less visible! Thank you!

Nadya: Thank you! I was for once quite pleased with how the bird turned out... And yes, I am afraid that if the painting will get a lot of sunlight, it will yellow.I must see that when the oil is throughout dry if I can varnish it in any way to make it more durable. Otherwise I will just do as you said and just sell prints of it... :-) I glued the book pages to the canvas with acrylic medium, and put quite a thick layer of the medium on top of the pages to seal the paper of, so I hope that it was a good enough base for the oil paint. But only time can tell I suppose...

Karen: Thank you!!
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:30 PM
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

Your little bird painting has stuck in mind, coming back to take another peek. Wonder what a tiger would look like with asian script (large) behind him because of your idea. Hmmmmm.... food for thought
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

I think it is a great idea for a background and your little Robin is beautiful. I do agree that the overlap is a little distracting. Perhaps copying the print onto a larger piece of paper which fits the support might be a better idea.
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

Karen: your idea sounds great! I can already see the bright splashes of yellow and orange against the black and white background...

Thank you Chammi! you are right about that using a larger piece of paper would be a solution, my only problem is that I am stubborn in the sense that I want to use real book pages. I love the idea of it being pages from a real book, and the paper is different from any copy paper I have. Maybe I just have to find a bigger book o take pages from...
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

You're little Robin is very well don! And I love your use of the bookpages as Bg. Great idea, but would agree with longevity may be a concern. Prints sounds like a viable solution.
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Love the Robin, and I like the bg very muchNicki
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:53 PM
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

Thank you Barb and Nicki!

I have been working on 3 other 20x20cm bird paintings these last few days, and it is painstakingly slow going for me now for some reason. It is another robin, a long tailed tit, and a bullfinch. The bullfinch was painted just like the robin above directly on the book pages, but that one did not turn out as I wanted so I deleted the bird yesterday and began anew. Hopefully I will get one finished this week so that I can post it for feedback.
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I think it is very cool...
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Re: Small 20x20cm paintings serie birds

LOVE it. What a clever idea!
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