I don't always paint large. In fact, I rarely paint large. But sometimes I just want to. This baby is 20" square on stretched canvas. What I love to do most, is to just plunge in an make a background without any thought to what I'll put in it. The first stage is collage.... For this I used maps, tissue paper, vintage music sheets, printed pages, printed pages for this piece.
This step used to freak my out. But now I know that it is going to get buried so no worries if it doesn't quite go. Next I add a layer of paint. Some is a paint wash so the print still shows and some places are more opaque blobs of paint I'm going for pinks and turquoises and a bit of lime. I'm liking it by now.
Next stage is to add more paint, some texture in the way of stamps and dots. I use glitter waste, bubble wrap in different sizes ( Love DOTS!) and some packing material that had a cool grid inside suitable for stamping. It was bedtime, but I though I saw a little person and her pal showing up.
The next day I painted the girl and her bunny. Once I did this I felt the background was too busy, so I made spaces of "rest" in the way of more solid paint places. It also seemed to need the black to break up all the light pastels. I like that you can still see musical notes in her forehead and print in her dress.
Yes, my painting is "different". Since I've been taking an e-class by Mindy Lacefield, I've been having fun with this looser style which is very playful to do and to look at. I reckon it belongs in a kids room.
Today I made an 7"square print and put it in a frame and it is going up in this kid's room. She makes me happy cuz she is sweet and likes bunnies.