Over on Facebook - Gritty Jane threw down a Frida Kahlo Challenge.
I was up for that.
But then, it just went and took a new and unexpected direction and isn't that just the funnest thing??
I carved out a piece of non-recycleable styrofoam and started printing.
Here is the painted styrofoam.
I have smooshed it down on the canvas and start peeling it off.....
There she is.
Four of them!
You get the idea...
I have these end pieces of canvas from my canvas roll and they are not quite big enough for some paintings - but they seen to be a great size for my printing project.
I like the ambiguous nature of these.
Then I decided to get a BIG piece of canvas and start printing with my recycled styrofoam that I carved.
This was eye candy to me.
Then, I overlaid print-on-print and then and then and then!
I have to go do more of this today.
Must go now.....
A pal told me about simple way to make prints using the styrofoam from takeaway food containers.
I used some of those and then some of the foam that is used in packaging meat.
I washed them all carefully and cut out the flat parts to use.
What fun I had today!
I printed on paper towels - I printed on canvas - I printed on toilet paper.
These are variations on Frida Kahlo.
Then I got tired of Frida and moved on to robot-spaceman-petroglyph guy.
Then some abstract randomness....
I was busy today.
I sold a painting yesterday to a nice young woman.
She got one with an abstract-ish background and birch trees in the foreground.
She was a smart woman.
She wanted one that she would not get tired of over the years.
She thought about what she wanted.
I was happy to know this
painting will have a good home.
I celebrated and took a day off from my other 2 jobs and just painted today.
Yesterday I was painting some Frida Kahlo faces and I got too much paint on one and used a paper towel to blot the excess paint.
When I peeled the paper towel off - I LOVED the image on the paper towel.
I know that you may not know me - but I will tell you - that once I get my mind on something - I just GO!
So I "printed" about 10 paper towels yesterday.
Then I realized that it would get expensive to keep using paper towels like that.
So this morning I decided to try printing on something WAY more affordable....
I "printed" these on sheets of
I know. I know....
Then I framed one of the paper towel (Frida Towel-o) prints from yesterday.
This was just my first attempt - I glued it to cardboard and used a pop-top for the hanger.
I will perfect this later this week.
Then I clear coated a
painting from last week.
Then I finished a painting that is the first of a series I am starting.
Then I had to paint over this painting as it looked much duller in
person than in this photo.
Bye bye painting...
Still not sure about this one.
It has some good parts:
Might chop it up into little pieces and use the best parts.
The filet mignon of the painting.
Or for vegans -
the heart of the artichoke.
Then I worked on the second
in the series.
Then I did an experiment....
Then I did another experiment...
Then I worked on this one....
Here is a photo of the painting that sold.
To finish my day - I took the kid to the orthodontist.
Money in - money out....
It was a lovely day off.
I have found my passion in life
and it is painting.
Many people do not find a deep obsessive overwhelming passion in their lifetime, so I feel very very fortunate.
Because, ya know what?
It feels good.
Really really really good.
"So, now helvismith, whatcha gonna do with that passion?"
Well, I have to make a sort of soup for my future using that passion as the stock or base for that soup/future.
What other ingredients are needed?
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