Thursday, September 10, 2020

Fooling around with paint

Paint and an iPad drawing
on the paint photo
Barbara Muir © 2020
Today I was excited because a model was coming over to pose for me on
 our front or back porch (social distancing). She is a delightful person funny,
insightful and charming. But she got asked to do a favour for a client, and
 that magical event didn’t happen. 

Just the thought of it had me thinking about French painters who had models
visit their studios, and that took me through a lovely imaginative tour of past
artists in my brain.

Instead I took the time to clean out the plastic egg carton I use for a palette when
I go to my art group. The colours came out in hard blobs, and I felt guilty about 
throwing away that acrylic without doing anything with it. It’s been a long time
since I’ve been to class with my art group. 

So I took these sculptural pieces that were formed from the dry paint, arranged
them on a gessoed board, and photographed them. Then I drew on the photograph
on my iPad. The result is a clunky mess, but it was so much fun to do and I’m
sure there are people doing similar things that are absolutely spectacular.

Here’s hoping that the super model comes tomorrow and I can show you
something more impressive.

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