Friday, July 11, 2008

big, big, big, big, big, big, big.....


well .... many of you, my faithful readers, have asked what on earth i plan to do with my monstrously huge canvas ..... 

the short answer: i have no idea! 

another short answer: something in one of the themes that i've already been exploring ... a nest or heartstrings or a life sized mona? 

but there's a long answer too .... here it goes .... 

kristy, the owner of lola's gallery, is doing the september show at the roswell cultural arts center ... they give her the space ... she shows something ... the kicker is, the space is huge ... and they only want humongo art there .... so she asked her artists that she is showcasing this year, who wants to do TWO el grande canvases for her ... i said yes ... i'll do two ...the minimum size she's asked for is four feet by six feet ... and that's the size i bought .... but ... do you know i like squares?  so, instead of buying two four foot by six foot canvases... i am considering doing one that is SIX feet square ... now, that won't fit in my car ... or even on my car ..... so i am considering doing a six foot square by piecing together four canvases that are three feet square .... now, how that giant line of demarcation between the canvases will effect my  composition, i'm not sure .... so ... i'm still messing with the idea ..... 

so ... let's just talk about one canvas...... in my mind, i am going to pick a color ...in my mind, it will be orange or turquoise ..... i will edge the whole canvas in dictionary pages....like a frame .... and glaze them (let's say) turquoise ..... and then i will paint all manner of other pages in a variety of turquoise shades .... and fill in the rest of the the canvas with varying shades of turquoise ....  then .... and then worry about the foreground, i guess .....the difference here is that USUALLY i put on papers and then paint the whole thing .... in some paintings though, i paint the pages first so that they are all in the color family ..... and then set them out and glue them down ....  look at these pear paintings .... 1, 2, or  .... or these nest paintings ....1, 2, or  3 ... in these two sets i painted papers prior to setting them out ..... so ... i love doing backgrounds .... and if i have to do 24 square feet of work (on just ONE piece!) then i'm going to do a really extraordinary background .... well.... i think! 

so here's the other think i'm thinking about in regards to humongotoid works .... after the show, where will it go?  i don't really have the sort of house that would easily fit a six foot canvas .... i have walls that it would fit on ....if i took other things down and rearranged furniture ... but who exactly is going to buy that huge a piece ..... so, i'm thinking about asking around .... to girlfriends who might want something huge and grand .... or might know someone who wants something huge and grand ..... and then i could kind of do it as a commission .... and sell it at a rock bottom price .... but then i wonder if that's too weird ...." tell me what you want me to paint based on the art work i've already done .... and give me a color preference .... and then if it doesn't sell for a bajillion dollars at the arts center show, then you can have it for a few dollars"  ...... i dunno ... writing it out makes me less sure that i'm gonna do that .... anyway .... i have concerns about what i'll do with TWO huge things ..... and wanted to preplan their good homes ..... tra la la .... if these are the problems i have, hooray for being an artist ... cause this isn't so bad at all .....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What if you sell both at the event??

I am just thinking that as you are doing this huge canvas do you walk on it to get to the middle?
I know that whatever you do it will be wonderful!

jeannie

Wabbit said...

Go to be... dream... play... )http://www.elizabethbunsen.typepad.com/)and have a look at her Loop da Loos if you need an idea for four pieces that fit together to make one big one. They are DEE-lish! I haven't had the right idea for that one yet. And I haven't got your guts to try the big format. I'll look forward to whatever you come up with! Marilyn

3rdEyeMuse said...

I am so thrilled for you to have such an el grande piece to be working on ... I have a feeling you are going to have a blast working on this one ... and the rest, well, it'll just fall into place as it's supposed to. :)

phd in yogurtry said...

I have a feeling you're up for the challenge! But wow. Daunting, yep.

Kelly said...

let me just say i love this word: humongotoid. has a nice ring to it! 6' x 6'. yikes. can't wait to see what you come up with. k