My six-week Paint Mojo class is over. I haven’t completed every assignment, and I will probably return and do a few of my favorites again. The big project was a canvas immersion. We started it in week one, with a 30″x30″ canvas that we divided into equal squares and randomly added doodles, symbols, and marks using a variety of tools, including fat brushes, skinny brushes, bamboo sticks, and oil pastels.
In week two we added paint and ink in warm colors and cool colors, keeping warm and cool mostly separated. I forgot to take a picture of that week. Week three we began integrating the warm and cool colors throughout and adding more marks. It became kind of a muddy mess at this point.
In week four we chose just two colors plus white and black and began calming down the mess.
In week five we turned the canvas every which way and tried to begin seeing the possibility of a picture emerge. We could either create an abstract painting or find the hint of an emerging image and go with that. I kept seeing frog eyes peering out at me.
And, week six brings us to the finished product. I THINK it’s finished, anyway. I keep seeing things I want to change and little details I want to add. But this is where it is for now!
This is the third in my series of mixed media paintings on 12″x12″ medium density fiberboard. I’m really enjoying the size and durability of these little boards, and have been cranking out more paintings than usual ever since I started my Paint Mojo class. The purpose of the class was to find your “mojo,” and maybe it’s working!
This is the second painting on my 12×12 fiber board from Home Depot. I am really enjoying these little boards as a substrate–not too big, not too small, and sturdy enough to take any amount of paint, water, and layers I throw at them.
Yesterday was Friday, my favorite day of the week because I have the day off and usually have lots of time to do art. I met with my tax lady in the morning, lounged about in the sun with Mellie for an hour during lunch, then took off to Home Depot in search of some wood to paint. I found a piece of 4’x2′ medium density fiberboard for less than $6 and had them cut it into a 2’x2′ piece and four 1’x1′ pieces. I decided to use the 2’x2′ piece as a paint catcher and palette–I put it under whatever I’m working on and let it catch the overflow, and I mix my paint on it as well. Eventually I will use the messy, painty surface as the first layer in a painting!
I was anxious to see what it was like to paint on the wonderfully cheap fiberboard, so about 2:00 I started slopping paint onto one of the 1’x1′ pieces. I loved that I could add as many layers of paint and water as I wanted and it would never soak through or tear because I was painting on a hard piece of wood! Shaylie came home around 3:00, and we chatted while I painted. She took off to go somewhere at 3:30, and I told her I might be napping when she got home. She came home at 4:00, and I was still painting. At 4:30 I decided the window of opportunity for a nap had passed, so I kept on painting. At 7:30 I realized I hadn’t had any dinner, so I took a break in my painting to eat. While I cooked, I eyed my painting, and couldn’t decide if I even liked it! I considered painting over the whole thing with white gesso and starting over. Shaylie said no, she liked it! I asked her what it needed. She said a cat. Of course! I added a cat. I added some fluorescent paint to brighten it up a bit. I finally quit at 9:00, still not sure if I liked it, but decided to sleep on it.
This morning over breakfast I thought of the caption, “At dawn she danced, basking in the benevolence of the sun.” I added that and some splotches of pink and yellow this afternoon after work. It was a long journey for such a small piece, but I think it’s finally finished! And I’m pretty excited about my super duper cheap fiberboard–I can paint with abandon on those and never worry about “wasting” expensive canvas.
One of last week’s Paint Mojo course assignments was dream catchers. I enjoyed dripping ink and spreading it with a bamboo skewer to make little feathers, but I wasn’t really enthralled with the end result. While trying to figure out what to do to fix it, I turned it upside down. Suddenly my dream catcher was a feather headed elf!