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Thursday, 11 June 2015

The Beauty and the Beast

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Well I've been asked to work at the theatre, Spotlight at Benowa, Gold Coast. They are putting on a couple of plays and I've been asked to help paint the sets for The Beauty and the Beast. If you click on the link you can find out all about it.
Beauty and the Beast
I been asked to paint four items. Even though I have taken photos of what I have painted so far I've decided not to put them up on my blog until the show is actually playing. I just feel that that is the best thing.
I can say that I loved being challenged and I am having to paint stone work with motifs. Now that is new and I really think I'm going to have to travel through my mountain of books on the subject so that I can do a good job.
The costumes that are being made for this are amazing. I love it that as I am toiling away with paint brush in hand I can hear the chorus rehearsing under my feet. Their singing drifts through the door, up the stairs and makes me smile.

Working at Spotlight Theatre

 Working at Spotlight Theatre

I needed to free up a page on my blog and so I have moved this info (as I did not want to loose it) to my post area.
This is what the project looked
 like at the beginning


I have been helping Spotlight Threatre with the back drop to their play Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2012). It is the third time I have been asked to help and I hope to help in the future.

I was asked to take over a project that someone else had started but couldn't finish. It was a picture of the French Riviera to be completed in grey and bright red!
When I arrived I found two large frames had been constructed with core flute stapled over the top of it. All the edges had been taped over with masking tape and the whole thing had been painted white. The basic design that was painted on it was an image that had been cut out of somewhere and had then been placed on an overhead projector. This reversed image became very hazy and it was this image that had then been drawn onto the boards. There were red roves painted as well as a large red dome.
I had been asked to use a yellow base so therefore I mixed all my greys using the yellow. This gave the whole image a yellow under glow. 
Yellow/grey base



Once I had the basic shape of the buildings it was then a case of a picking my light source. The original image was of no use, it was a painting someone had created and it had two completely different light sources! I choose from the left.
Some of the roves of the 'village' had been cut out incorrectly, on the wrong slant, and so I needed to add more core flute in some sections and drop the roof of the buildings in others.
Base of every house is 1cm out to
the right.


I painted all the buildings with a light yellow and then started building up the shading with the grey. I am not used to working on such a large scale and with a floor in the way. So one problem I did have was that all my, so called walls of my buildings were slanted off the the right. By about 1cm! This of course would never do and luckily when doing this sort of painting it does not have to be neat and tidy. In fact I had been asked NOT to be and so it was not a problem to push my walls back with a bit of rough painting.
When I was creating the windows in the village I painted them all a very dark grey. The next day, when they were dry, I gave them all a wash over the top, dulling down each one as needed and putting shading as necessary to give the illusion of an opening.
To make the round building pop
out it was necessary to darken
the buildings behind it. The kick
to the right at the base has not
been fixed yet. This in not the
completed version



The major problem I had with this project was the main rounded building. The dome had not been cut properly in the first place thereby throwing out all the other lines. I spent five and half days working on this project, some of those days being 8 hours long.
All the trees, awnings, balustrade
and beach has been put in
place. The papers hanging at the
back wall are the layout sheets for
the stage props.










Stage shot. This is how it will look
on opening night.








On the opening night I enjoyed the show immensely but I was still not happy with the main building. So I created a fix it sheet in Photoshop and then took that with me the next day and within a few strokes was able to straighten my building up.

I like challenges and I enjoyed creating this image and then to have it as the main prop was a real thrill.

Photoshop image on tracing paper
This is the project fixed the next day. I am very pleased with it.

This is the project fixed the next day. It is as good as I could get it without starting the main building
completely again. Even so I am very pleased with it.

Black Algea video

Monday, 5 September 2011

Gold Coast Show 2011

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      This year instead of just displaying models I was offering my new line of blank gourd houses.


      Ever since I have been displaying my work at the Gold Coast Show people have been wanting to purchase a gourd or two. I have never really had enough gourds to just sell off. It is also a tricky thing when people GIVE me gourds to use in my models and then if I sold them I think they would be rightly ticked off. When choosing which gourds to turn into blank gourd houses I was very careful to choose ones I had either grown myself or purchased from the Danish Flower Art Farm at Crowsnest outside of Toowoomba, Qld.

        I think if I can afford it next year, I shall go and get some gourds and re-sell them on at the show.

       Anyway, to get back to the subject. The weekend went well. I sold some of my blank gourd houses, so I am pleased with that. I also sold some of the greeting cards that I have available (see Gourd Art and Other Things for Sale) and some of the floral prints.
      The show society like people to DO something. So every year I bring something along. Last year I was creating a new model and ordinarily I would have brought it along to finish but this year the lights blew in Archibald's General store so I brought that model instead.
      What a nightmare. I decided to change the lights over from rice bubbles (which had heated up and burnt my plastic lamp shades) over to LED's. When I created the model many many years ago I did my usual thing and not think about the future. So when it came to changing the lights it was almost impossible to get them out of the model and so I have just cut them off and left the wiring where it was.

      I had not used LED's before and so with the help of YouTube I found out that I needed resistors. Once I was able to get them (sent Garry off to get them for me) I was able to start. I struggled and struggled with it all and eventually I asked someone from the nearby miniature trains for help. I ended up with a man called Simeon (it turns out he used to work at Cockington Green Gardens in Canberra, ACT. My model is bequeathed to them if I die before I can create my dream.) 

       Any-y-yway getting back to the subject. Simeon was brilliant and after a lot of work fixing my mess I had three lights working! Part of my problem was having too many chiefs and not enough Indians as the saying goes. Too many people people giving me information. Some correct and some incorrect. In the end I had to have one resistor to one LED. It then turns out that the LED's I was sold were bright white. Which means they give a dot of light not a flare of light like the lights in our own homes. A bit of sand paper I've been told will fix that.

      The miniature wood turners have been brilliant and I have been given a stack of tiny wood turned mushrooms .(out of Jacaranda) When I can take a photo I'll included it.

      Lots of people took my leaflets and said they would look at my Blog. EVERYONE who saw my work was impressed. Which is why every year I put my work out and get that reaction only spurs me on to complete my dream because I KNOW it will work.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

The Wonder of Waterlies and Ponds


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I have been involved with water gardening for over 30 years. It was only because my mother was building up a nursery called Waterlily Acres that I started learning about it at all. Many hours of study, experiment and practice have passed and I thought it was about time that some of that information be made available to others. (Sorry I haven't had time to set this up yet.)

Hardy - Fabiola
Ponds are an absolute delight but can also be a heart ache if they are not set up correctly. I have not made a lot of money out of this business because I do myself out of jobs. I set them up properly in the first place. After that they don't need a lot of looking after. An hour a month just to keep them tidy unless something drastic has happened of course. Doesn't make for good business sense.

The VERY Basic of the Basics
The key to my ponds is river sand. I always put it in the bottom of them. It is like giving them a boost. It is much better to put the sand in the pond when there is no water in it. It will solve a lot of problems.

If you would like to read more about waterliles click here

My Work at Spotlight Threatre


I have been helping Spotlight Threatre with the back drop to their play Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It is the third time I have been asked to help and I hope to help in the future.
This what the project looked like
when I started.
 
I was asked to take over a project that someone else had started but couldn't finish. It was a picture of the French Riviera to be completed in grey and bright red!
When I arrived I found two large frames had been constructed with core flute stapled over the top of it. All the edges had been taped over with masking tape and the whole thing had been painted white. The basic design that was painted on it was an image that had been cut out of somewhere and had then been placed on an overhead projector. This reversed image became very hazy and it was this image that had then been drawn onto the boards which, unfortunately, had been placed on a slant. This caused the drawn image to end up cockeyed. There were red roves painted as well as a large red dome.Being a bit silly I did not want to upset the person who had started the project as this person was still helping the group. So I worked with what I had. I shan't do that again. I will just scrap it and start again. It was a lot of hard work to get the centre building to look straight. It is still not quite right.
Fortunately I decided to forgo all the other buildings and do them properly. 
I had been asked to use a yellow base so therefore I mixed all my greys using the yellow. This gave the whole image a yellow under glow. 

If you would like to read more about Spotlight Theatre click here