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artist profile "captures his or her unique personality" 166 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 Works in Progress Interested in getting a glimpse of Sue's creations in progress? Go to her website www.jellybeanarts.com, click on "Gallery," select a name on the left-hand side of the page, and scroll through the several interim steps between photo and finished piece. Without step-by-step instructions, Sue jumped right in. She called upon her experience with oil painting to guide her process, one that remains relatively the same today. Sue starts with a photograph of her subject, one that captures his or her unique personality. Then she enlarges the photo and prints it out in several rectangular tiles that she adheres with Mod Podge glue to medium-density fiberboard. Next she "mixes her palette," selecting multiple jellybean colors to capture the lights and darks of the skin tone, hair, and eye colors. Sue doesn't aim for a paint-by-number exact match; in fact, the colors in the photo have nothing to do with the actual jellybean colors she selects. Her subject's personality directs the feel of the palette she creates. Jelly Belly brand jellybeans are Sue's medium of choice given their uniformity of size and range of available colors. Sue positions and repositions 8,000 to 10,000 beans in every creation. Throughout the process and before she secures even one single bean, Sue holds her camera high above the portrait to take photos of the mosaic in progress. These photos provide the perspective she needs to adjust bean colors to get the portrait just right. Once the color placements are to her liking, Sue carefully squeezes a strong adhesive (like Krazy Glue) over every jellybean mosaic piece before she applies a spray of polyurethane to ensure a colorfast finish. Sue's largest mosaic to date is of a boy named Noah whose parents ordered a four-and-a-half by five-and-a-half-foot portrait as a surprise

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