The Dead Fly Project
The Dead Fly Project is a series of one hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures, whatever - depicting a dead fly - same fly - over and over again - but different each time by Beverley Conrad. She experiments with different mediums and executes them according to her whim at the time. Sometimes they're pretty, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes political, and sometimes a fly is just a fly.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Dead Fly 99 - Froggy Does the World a Favor
Dead Fly 98 The Last Supper
Dead Fly 97 - REAL Dead Fly Solarium
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Dead Fly 96 Apparel
Dead Fly 96 Apparel
Acrylic stamp on white cotton
All this stamping going on! Although I looked up how to do a silk screen, it really was beyond anything I could do, so as a way of creating some Dead Fly apparel, I stamped a white T shirt with a Dead Fly stamp from Dead Fly 94. Starving artist that I am, I hesitated to buy a brand new T shirt for this project and instead went to our local thrift shop to look for a suitable one at a price I could afford. The picture hardly shows off its true beauty so at some point I'll get someone to model it. It's a one of a kind. I don't have any intention of doing a bunch of them and starting a Dead Fly clothing line at this time. But I'll let you know if I change my mind.
Dead Fly 95 - Dead Fly Swatters
Dead Fly 94 - Red on Red on Red
Dead Fly 93 - Froggy Goes Holiday Shopping
The third, well, fourth actually if you include the Thanksgiving card (#41), in a series of Holiday cards I make for my family and a few close friends, here we have Froggy out doing her holiday shopping. This as well as the others are now available as greeting cards and proudly displayed at The Arts Underground* in Lewisburg, PA on a rotating card rack, an investment I made so as to get some money for the project till I have that big show and start selling off the individual pieces. To see the others in the card series go back to Dead Flies 41, 42, and 73.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Dead Fly 92 - A Grand Experiment
I've been reading about pour paintings using silicone but have no idea how to do one. But I did have some extra packets of silicone laying around so one day slathered the canvas with it and then just started painting away. Sometimes the paint would sit on top of the silicone. Then it would sink to the bottom. It certainly didn't slow down the dry time, which I thought would happen. What was neat about it is that new colors layered over the old like glazes, but then dried so quickly that they could be blended. It's best to see this one up close and real to appreciate how the paint worked.
Dead Fly 91 - Dead Fly on a Manila Folder
Harking back to the original dead fly which was on a manila folder, I created this piece of art using a manila folder and colored pencils. It took a long time and I have a stack of trial and error dead flies on manila folders that were all part of the process.
Dead Fly 90 - DIY Dead Fly Shadow
Here is an experiment. Sometimes I see things in my mind and then just want to try them to see if they work out in reality. For this I made a base out of aluminum foil then stitched that to the canvas. Then I covered it with plaster tape even wrapping the wire legs. Then I filled in the gabs with caulking and after several days of drying time painted it. The canvas is painted "manila folder yellow" to recreate the first dead fly on the first manila folder. When it's hung, depending on the light source, the fly casts it's own shadow which changes because light changes.
Dead Fly 89 - The Executive
This one was made using aluminum foil as the base, covered with Sculpey. The wings are made of copper wire twisted till it took shape. I tried again soldering them together buy need to learn a whole lot more about soldering before I'll ever be successful at it. The legs are pipe-cleaners, singed to make them look like fly legs, then covered with some Sculpey here and there. A quick trip to the thrift shop and I found a small lamp which I took apart for the base. This particular piece is sized right and would look great on an executive's desk. Hence the name - The Executive
Dead Fly 88 - Object D'Art
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Dead Fly 87 - Picnic
Dead Fly 86 - Self Portrait
Dead Fly 85 Flying
Dead Fly 84 - We've Come to This
Dead Fly 83 - Experiment with Water Color
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Dead Fly 82 Modern Art Fly
Monday, April 1, 2019
Dead Fly 81 - Chaos
Still at it with the drips. I had a rather disturbing week and needed to work stuff out. Started with red paint on canvas - heavy coat with extender - dropped on some black - tried to make flies out of some of the drips and splotches. That dint work out. Decided to destroy the painting but not the canvas so took it outside and ran it under the spigot. At a point of all the heavy paint getting washed away the images started to take form and at which point I shut off the water and brought what was left inside to dry flat. Then played with it for a couple of days here and there till it looked done. I feel better for having painted this one. Thank you.
Dead Fly 80 - Swarm
Dead Fly 79 - Tumult
I am trying out some new paint here and deiced to play fast and loose with it. A splotch of watered down black paint on the canvas, step back, see if I can see the fly - then a few quick strokes to bring it into focus. Key here was Work quickly! Paint dries fast!
Dead Fly 78 - Goth Fly
Dead Fly 77 - Dead Fly with Red Apple
I actually used those pastel pencils to create this work. I used them for the fine detail. I still like the sticks better, though. The chalk goes on more like paint. This sat on the easel for a while with me going back and forth on the shadows. I could stand to try it again at some point. The apple at on the table long enough to rot. Had it been summer, I'm sure it would have attracted flies. As it was, I tossed the apple outside for the chickens to peck at and used my tiny fly sculpture for the stand-in model.
Dead Fly 76 - Dead Fly with Green Apple
Dead Fly 75 - Study in Purple
Dead Fly 74 - Circles
Dead Fly 73 - Santa Visits The Froggy's
Dead Fly 72 - Ornament
Dead Fly 71 - Splat!
Dead Fly 70 - study in charcoal
Back to the basics once again. After the failure of the pastel pencil study I thought I best get back to an exercise in just plain drawing so I worked on this sketch in charcoal. I want to do some major works and needed to study the intricacies of the fly's wings - just in case I decide to get that detailed.