Friday, January 9, 2009

Thumbnails of Grand Isle

Thumbnails are invaluable. These are searching ones. Searching for dynamics to support the pink blossoms. The luxurious pink blossoms are going into a Chaos series piece. I am looking through photos of the the topsy turvy aftermath of the storm on Grand Isle. The Magical Botanical show is there. So I thought it only appropriate to do something very site specific.

If you look at the thumbnail I showed you on Wednesday of the whole piece, you'll see just directional lines in the background of the larger blossoms. These are part of that.

It's a piece about the spirit of an island.

Now, go be Naughty. I have some work to do, and then I am right behind you.


ParisBreakfasts said...

Yummy thumbnails!!!
Looks like a storyboard for a movie?

Janice C. Cartier said...

smiles...I love that thought... Kind of like a movie, have to pick the ones that work in the scene. Tell a story, work with the dynamics.;-)

(Beautiful work with the Demel on your site this am BTW)

A Brush with Color said...

It does! Or it reminds me of ad execs' storyboards. I always love seeing those. The concepts behind the final product. Have a delightfully naughty weekend.

Janice C. Cartier said...

Hi Brush,
Yes, they do don't they? I have never shown the conceptual part of this series, but I would be lost without pencilling a few things around. Setting the stage for the free kind of painting that will come later.

Hope you and Joe have a good weekend too.

Ulla Hennig said...

I just came over from the discussion on Iains blog and I am deeply impressed by the way you present your works and most of all, the working progress. (or the work in progress?)I subscribed at once...

Janice C. Cartier said...

It's a little risky showing works in progress, but it really is the story behind the story that most of my clients really love.

That Iain, give up our muses? Not likely. I like his style though.

Thanks for the Mozart this morning. And for your kind words here.;-)

Anonymous said...


You're inspiring me to post some of my thumbnails.

I got tons of sketches for my Basil book...they're starting to accumulate all over the house.

(At least it will show that I'm doin' something productive!)

- Friar

Janice C. Cartier said...

That could be fun. I go through tons of thumbnails and napkin sketches. It's my way of mapping in a lot of situations. I design projects this way too often.

Basil ones would be great. He's so 'special". ;-)

Artist Unplugged said...

Reminds me of movie storyboards also. It's sort of like brainstorming on paper. Grand Isle was really hit hard, my brother and his family live in Raceland go there sometime, hated to see that happen.

Janice C. Cartier said...

@ AP-I love movie storyboards. It is exactly like brainstorming on paper. And the shorthand quickly tells me which structures I want. What might be used where for the "story line" of my theme for this piece.

Grand Isle did get hit hard. It is a lovely place, many good times there and the best ever fresh shrimp platters and views of the Gulf. :-)

Karen Swim said...

Janice, I love storyboarding and never thought of it being applied to painting! It's fascinating watching the little scenes behind the beautiful finished piece. You are teaching us so much about the artistic process through your gracious sharing. Have a fabulous weekend!

Kremer Pigments Inc. said...

"Thumbnails of Distinction"
! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Janice C. Cartier said...

Karen - thank you. It's part of the conceptual process for me in my series work. Watercolor is a fixed medium. Even thought the painting part will be very instinctual, I like to map out what I mean to say in advance. Storyboards, thumbnails are right in line with the "cartoon' tradition of the muralists and large scale working artists in the Renaissance....not to mention Bugs Bunny... have a great weekend too.

Hi Kremer- At work are we? Reminds me, I need to get that vermillion...;-)