Sunday, August 24, 2008

anatomy of some very large paintings ......

photo 1 (below): this is a four foot by six foot canvas ..... and in the far right corner, you can see where i have started putting on my collage elements ..... the canvas was as long as my table ... so, i propped one end of the canvas on the table, the close end of it is propped up on chairs .... 
photo 2: the canvas is filled with my first layer .... all papered with maps and dictionary and bingo and book pages ..... you can see the chairs that the canvas is propped up on .... 

photo 3: i did a turqoise wash on the canvas, then a layer of tissue paper for added texture, then some more opaque blues and turqoises .... all that is to add more texture, color variation and interest ..... 
photo 4: now i'm stenciling large letters .... i've chosen a bluesy turquoise that is a titch darker than the darkest paint on my canvas ..... we haven't used country crock for years, but i still have loads of those tubs that i use while painting .. i use the lids as palettes ..... i'm using a sponge brush ..... i used that stencil square 24 times ... plus a bit more for the two inches around two edges where those 24 hadn't reached to the edge .... that's a LOAD of stamping ....
photo five: here's a close up of four by six feet of turquoise canvas with darker stenciling .... from a distance it just looks turquoise ... from here you see the lettering ... up closer, you can still see the map of iowa, bingo numbers and dictionary entries ....
picure 6: there's my dark turquoise on turquoise background .... ready to go ...waiting for me to be brave enough to add the foreground ..... my sept. 1 deadline is looming ..... and what is this canvas standing behind? another canvas ... also six feet by four feet ... ready to go ......
picture 7: this second canvas used a a bradenton florida aaa map ... i love triple a maps because they are all blues and gorgeous ..... there's a south carolina map , bingo cards, pages from a music appreciation book, and my butchered dictionary .....
picture 8: here's the second canvas.... i papered it, glazed it, tissued it, heavy body acryliced it ..... 
picture nine: for this one, i used lighter turquoise for my stencil letters ..... so, though the first color is the same for the two canvases, they have very different looks .... one dark, this one much lighter because of the light lettering .....
picture 10.....whew! on the right you can see the darker stencil canvas, on the left is the second canvas with lighter stencil paint .... 
so ... that's loads of work, huh? i've not been showing you my process as i've been going along, thinking that it would be boring to have ten or so days of posts dedicated to this .....so instead, this is the compilation of many days of work ..... (i wish paint dried faster) .... and now all you have to do is come back soon and see what i might do to finish these out ... these are due to kristy at lola's gallery by the last day of this month .... so she can hang them at the roswell cultural arts center for the month of september ..... 

at one point today, i was painting, mr.e.beck.artist was sitting with me chatting, boy.beck.artist was in the basement watching a tv show, girl.beck.artist was on the computer, little.e.beck artist was flitting about between us all .... and i said, mr.e.beck.artist, this very minute is perfection.... all my people are with me ....and i'm painting ..... everyone is happy .... ahhhhhh! 

what was your happy minute today? 








6 comments:

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

...still in awe of how you can stencil so many letters without blurring them, and with the map still showing through!

...happy moment...throwing my whites in the washer with some detergent and bleach... after only one night camping.... home with a smile...

*heidi*
too tired to use caps

aimee said...

GORGEOUS blue! great to see paintings in progress, too. looks like a lot of hard work. but also looks like fun :)

Jeannie said...

loving this!
and it reminds me I have music papers to mail you... the color are great - can't wait to see what it will be.

all 5 of us around the computer dreaming of Vancouver in 2010

see you there! said...

The process people use is so interesting to me. Sometimes I think I like the learning part more than the creating part and this post was great.

Me? I took a nice long nap. That was my happy moment - or two.

Darla

Anonymous said...

Why a map of Bradenton was my first question when I read the blog! Love the progress. Turq is one of my many favorite colors....Wish I had not thrown out all those maps we had years ago!

3rdEyeMuse said...

those are some super-sized canvases that you are tackling - and they look really great! I love that you chose to use the blues and did one with darker stencil and one with lighter - can't wait to see what happens next!

happy moment ... which one to choose?!? ok, I just set Sadie up at the kitchen table with two boxes of acrylic paint, a handful of brushes, canvas board, canvas and cardboard ... I just took a peek and she's totally into her creating. :)