It appears that I slipped into Benadryl land before posting to the blog last night. Ah well. Here is what I had planned...it is just a day late.
I've been wanting to paint the big canvas (gawd knows why) and my artist/painter/genius friend Peggy suggested a technique that she uses sometimes: use a piece of chalk to get your main outline.
I originally got this gigantic (for me) canvas as a painting at Salvation Army a while back. It has had many things on it so far but none have really be "right". I finally covered it over completely with black paint and a roller, then orange and green with a roller, then fooled around with some colors and a circles template (the circles probably won't stay). I couldn't deal with the canvas -- it was still a blank to me -- almost as bad as an new untouched white one.
A couple of days ago -- to my complete surprise -- I was looking towards it from my desk and I could sort of see stuff coming up through the orange/green mix. I couldn't believe it. Then I remembered Peggy's chalk suggestion and I grabbed the big piece of sidewalk chalk (that I got from Joan at the Northville Art House) and much to my amazement I was able to outline the guy I was seeing.
Here are some shots of the canvas as it progressed.
|The original "before" -- in its horizontal version.|
|The horse guy was the longest lived character...the giraffe girl to his right was several other many things before this.|
|Hard to see, but the giraffe girl is finally gone and a strange little panda guy in overalls showed up to take her place. I have put a LOT of time into this collage.|
|How it looks right now.|