February’s featured painting has quite a long history. It started at the end of 2008 as mixed media on canvas. I went to the fabric store and bought fabric in shades of brown which I cut with scissors into circles. Then put them in the washing machine so that the edges would be frayed. After that I glued them all to the canvas like shingles on the side of a house. When it was done I sealed it with several coats of gloss varnish. It looked like this…
I loved it but the gallery hated it and it ended up in the studio gathering dust. In 2010 I dragged it out and painted the whole thing white. That was a little boring so I added a few shadows.
This time I didn’t really love it but the gallery did. It hung there for a while, but never sold. Eventually it returned to my studio to gather more dust.
The last transformation happened after having coffee with an artist friend of mine last fall. We were talking about different techniques and suddenly the light bulb went on and I knew what I wanted to do with the painting. This is what it looks like now.
I love it again and know that it will find a happy home this time after the final transformation. Here’s the link: