Circus Dogs

Since I am still struggling with Papier-mâché, but in love with circus performing dogs, I decided to just paint some of my dogs-in-mind.  The problems with paper mache is both the tools – Papier-mâché is inherently lumpy and the artist – I was working too small, so the lumps look like craters and mountains (see photo

Circus dog #5 water media water media .85" x5.5" by Serena Fenton
Circus dog #5 water media .85″ x5.5″

below).  Hence I decided to commit some of the animals that I am thinking of to the painted page.  #5 is my first shot.  The painting is a mixture of watercolor paint and pencils, then covered with ink and acrylic paints.

 

top layer - paper mache clay - circus dogs by Serena Fenton
top layer – paper mache clay – circus dogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of this is heavily inspired by a quick trip last week to the NC Renaissance Festival and an acrobatic troupe, Barely Balanced. (They really do need a dog though.)
Barely Balanced - acrobats at the NC Renaissance Festival

Barely Balanced - acrobats at the NC Renaissance Festival
Barely Balanced – acrobats at the NC Renaissance Festival

Barely Balanced – acrobats at the NC Renaissance Festival