Its snowing outside my window this morning, but the coffee is hot and the house is clean, thanks to having company last night for dinner and camaraderie. So, I feel a pull toward the art room, (like THAT never happens!) maybe while the laundry is going today... yeah, that will satisfy my inner voice to be creative and also responsible. ;)
Once upon a time, many months ago, I attended an industrial garage sale. They had artwork in frames, and although the artwork was YUKKY industrial stuff, (not pretty) the frames were ok, and a buck a piece. When I got them home I realized that said frames were NOT a usual size. So anything I wanted to put in them would have to be custom matted. THEN, I realized that said artwork were backed with fiber board and were meant to be in said frames! HEY! I said. Why not paint that! Cover it up, maybe try some of that collagey, texturized, cool background art that I see in so many peoples art these days and need heavier board to put it on! Great idea!
So, as my story goes, I did just that. Every time I have had extra paint on the pallet, I swiped it over said nasty artwork. It might be the art journal groups, but I just can't throw anything away anymore, so I covered that paint with the little pages that you get with Christmas lights with all the warnings on them in different languages. (lol.. why clog up a landfill with them!) Then slapped more paint, and paper scraps, some pretty gelli's (thanks to friend, Shells!), and put some imprints from bubble wrap, and just had fun with it.
Then it sat. What to do now?
I liked what I had going, but what subject would be ok to paint on there? I was going through some pics I have for "someday" painting and ran across one of a sleeping white flamingo that I found ages ago, but would be PERFECT! (I wonder, sometimes, if my artistic angel whispers to me sometimes and says, "save that, you will need it someday"?)
So here is my first attempt at collage painting....
So, that is next to the end of my story. When the frame is done, then it will be the end.
Moral of the story: Be creative, don't be scared to take a chance. Its only paint and can be painted over, right? Take it to the END of the painting- there are many times it doesn't look like its going to turn out right in the middle of the project. DON'T decide to paint it over until you are completely finished! Just GO with it.
So, I am going wid it! Stay tuned..