Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -- Pablo Picasso
It also gets paint on the computer keyboard. Man, I am a messy painter. Today I was using gesso, acrylic paints, charcoal pencil, and oil pastels. In the course of a few hours work, I dirty at least a dozen brushes. My studio redo is already too small for me. I find I want to stand while painting so I think I need a real easel. Some day, I'll get it all figured out. The good thing about my work area being so small is that I have to clean up after each work time.
This week I've been working on a large canvas. This one is for me. I've been so busy setting up my Etsy shop and getting it stocked with a body of work that I haven't thought about what I might like in my own living room.
For this painting, I wanted to work larger and also wanted there to be a lot of white in the picture. My living room has only one accent color...wythe blue
which I wanted to repeat similarly in the painting. And of course, I needed a girl.
I am still trying to find my way as a mixed media artist. I start each canvas out with a collage of materials in the background. Materials like stamps, written material, music, poetry and patterned papers. I try to be somewhat strategic about where I place them. Ideally some of this should still be showing by the end of the paint process, but invariably I've made so many layers that the first one is long since obscured. All that is left is the texture from the edges of the papers. That is not necessarily a good thing. But, I am learning.
This is when I was about 1/3 done.
I liked it, but when I moved on and painted her face and hair she looked VERY unbalanced. Her head looked huge for her body. So I added some "body" to her and this is where I am now.
20 x 24 x 1 1/2" canvas
************ November 7, 2012 UPDATE:
close up crop...