Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Work in Progress: 17th Avenue Spring Show Open Studio: Win This Painting!

There are going to be some prizes given to some lucky person who comes to the 17th Avenue Spring Show.  I am participating, and you can see the link here: http://edsmileysartblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/open-studio-ed-smiley-colorful-abstracts.html

I volunteered to supply a piece, and I thought it would be fun to do a little piece from scratch and to document its progress.  (Or lack of progress.)

So here are some state photos of "Dotty" as I have named it.

STATE 1:
Underlayer of wet off white acrylic.  Spray painted with Liquitex acrylic spraypaint middle with multiple colors, to and bottom blue.
Lifted off color, primarily in center with plastic wrap.

You can see tape being applied for the next step

STATE 2:
Masked with tape, spray paint with flat white.

STATE 3:
Brush on diarylide yellow on unmasked areas.

STATE 4:
Tape removed. Some additional color applied.


STATE 5:
Acrylic transfer.

Trying out a pattern to transfer.

The paper is now covered on the image side with gloss medium and applied face down to the canvas.


After the medium is dried, wet and remove paper.
STATE 6:
Paper removed.  Some more color applied.

STATE 7:

STATE 8:
Masking areas to create teal circles.

STATE 9:


For a while I thought this was done, and I signed it.
Then I started bringing in color areas, hot picks and acid greens.
Then I started masking and spraying areas.
I almost left it here.

I discovered that I had lost track of the time.  
It's 10PM and I am exhausted.

I washed my brushes and was about to leave....

But....

But...

STATE 10:

I really didn't want to dirty any brushes.

What if I put a spot of green on with my finger?
Or added some red?...

And then finally, I added some off white, and the while picture livened up again.
I then rubbed the teal along the edges..


At this point, it was pretty much done.  There's a state 11, not shown.  I just took out the lower right hand dot and replaced it with some red, and one other tiny change, which made the composition work better, but essentially that's it!


Here's the details about my Open Studio:
You'll have a chance to win this painting!

As part of the 17th Avenue Spring Show and Sale, I will be one of participating artists. My studio is in Building 4. There will be many other participating artists as well. Come celebrate Spring, and the 15th Anniversary of 17th Avenue Studios!


Saturday, May 16, 2015 - Sunday, May 17, 2015 11:00am- 05:00pm
Location : 980 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95062



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