May 5th, 2011: still trying to do my one-a-day creative project.
Part of the supply list for my first mixed media class asks us to bring in some high-contrast black & white laser photocopies to transfer to our artwork.
That started me thinking in black & white, and somehow my mind got stuck at ‘granite’. Perhaps it was while I was changing the beach pebbles in my rock tumbler… anyway, I thought that the sparkly carborundum grit that I use for tumbling might be used with plaster for a painting of granite.
Part of this inspiration was the plaster walls embedded with mirror that I saw in India.
And a little later I found this stone that is almost the reverse of granite.
Two years later (2013): I finally got around to following up on these two beach pebbles by combining them into one painting. The granite was made by embedding broken car window glass into a thick sand/spackle mix; the other pebble was just painted but surrounded by thick plaster. The acrylic paint sticks to the glass making it tricky to paint the plaster. 2014. Still working on it and it still doesn’t capture what I want it to. Comparing the reworked painting below to the original painting above I like the bottom stone better in the newer version and the top stone better in the original version. The trick will be to combine the two.
In 2011 I prepared for my first painting class in over a decade, by making up a one-a-day creative project in order to jumpstart my creativity. This quickly became overwhelming as my health was still fragile at the time, and in fact I’m still having problems in 2016. Still I plan to keep trying and maybe one day I’ll get back to where I was years ago.
- One-a-Day Creative Project Part 1
- One-a-Day Creative Project Part 2
- One-a-Day Creative Project Part 3
- Mixed Media Class 1: All About Transferring Images
- Mixed Media Class 2: Using Spackle to Create Textures (Plus a Few Struggles)
- Mixed Media Class 3: Ways to Add Even More Texture