When I think outside the box.
I really think OUTSIDE the box.
I am a painter.
I painted a chair.
I painted a sofa.
I painted a room.
All the time I was painting "not paintings" - I was thinking thinking thinking...
"What do I want to paint next?"
This was on my mind.
A colorful rock path that I called,
"Step on through to the other side."
I liked the black background and the oranges and whites and carried them through to this bird/person.
Same colors used differently.
Now more bird oriented and different colored background...
This is in progress.
Needs some orange!
Four white walls and free reign to paint whatever I wanted.
That sounded like fun!
Dark blue at the bottom and shades of blue moving up the wall...
There are just some "ugly" points in the progress in getting to where I hoped to end up.
This is one of them.
Here is where I hope the idea in my head will happen...
The paint on the bottom was refusing to dry so I could not finish this just yet.
Large portions of the wall would make good paintings on their own.
Red loopy lines every where!
Repainted the red loopy lines from last week and started the stripes.
Now I was feeling better.
I was smiling now!
Am I crazy?
I really liked it before and now, and now...
Stripes on stripes!
Oh, this will be great for the baby's room!
Think of all that visual stimulation!
Layers on layers on layers and stripes on stripes.
This room is bound to make any baby happy!
Leave the door open, and joy will spill out to the rest of the house.
I was painting a background on a canvas and at my stopping point, I stepped back and said to myself,
"Hey! That looks like a face!"
I had been thinking of trying to paint faces for a while and this happy accident told me to give it a go.
It showed me that even though it is not a "portrait" it still can look face-like.
So, I decided to give it a go.
Here is the first try.
( I have already painted it over)
I like that the mouth extends beyond the face.
I took that second painting and played with it in a "superimpose" app on my iPhone and really liked the look of the stripes behind the face.
So I thought I would try to paint that.
Face #3 over striped background.
Face # 4.
Trying to figure out how to "block" the sections of a face together. Cool unintended effect - looks like two faces...
Faces # 5 & 6.
Had two scraps of canvas and still thinking about those stripes under the faces.
Remember face #2?
This is the do-over face#2 and is my face painting #7.
I don't like it at all and will do-it-over again.
This may well be a cursed piece of canvas. (sometimes that happens..)
I really like this one, but for some odd reason it looks like Jesus - and not just to me - a couple of friends thought the same thing.
Now, if you knew me, you would find that very, (VERY) amusing.
This was a brief tour of how my process and progress proceeds when I am painting.
I bought some more old vinyl flooring from my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and I have had a blast making floor cloths out of the old vinyl.
I turn the vinyl over and paint the backside.
I was reading on the internet tubes about people painting on vinyl flooring.
I thought to myself, "Hey! I could do that!"
So I went to my local Habitat For Humanity Re-store Store and got some vinyl.
I painted an orange background on the vinyl.
As soon as it dries, I will paint several clear sealant coats on it and it will be ready for stepping on!
Six coats of clear sealant and.....
this art is made for walkin'
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This is a painting on a board that I bought at Goodwill.
I am painting over this and it should be done in time for the
Studio tour on the 20th.
It will not look anything like this when done.
If you come by - you can ask to see the new incarnation!
I have been working on a bird series. It has been good timing to correspond with cleaning up my studio and space in preparation for a couple of events here in October.
I have a lot of paintings that had been delegated to the "back" until further notice.
This painting had a lot of nice texture and I re-painted it.
Bird in the works.
I like this bird.
All that texture just adds so much to the painting.
Almost like I had planned it.