Painting is a VERB and a process! Sometimes a LONG process as in my latest LARGE project:
"Flamingo Ballet" 48" X 54" Mixed Media
Step #1 (after my doodle start) was a joyful laying down of my general idea using big brushes and my memory of flamingos in the wild at Celestun Mexico on the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Did you know little ones start out white and as they feed they get progressively more colorful?
Next was the fun of making a mixed media piece using "gloss medium and varnish" to adhere paper I purchased in Paris, pattern pieces painted various colors, art tissue paper, music and more!
Step #3 included defining the vegetation in back along the top edge. I also needed to have one or more flamingo actually feeding and figure out how many legs and what neck belonged to what body...yikes getting messy here.... I did have fun adding the purple to the under side of the birds. Did you know that when they fly the under side of their wings are black? And yes, they do fly...look like pink pencils with wings.
Perhaps I have #3 and #4 in the wrong order :0/ but painting goes one way and then another so who knows?
But, I do know about this point I put in an SOS call into my mentor and friend Tara Funk Grim....it was that or gesso the entire 48 X 30" WHITE!
She calmly stated the obvious..."the flamingos don't walk in water over their knees....you need another canvas". 2nd & 3rd SOS calls were to my golfing hubby and Plaza Art Supplies for a 48" X 24" canvas. By 3:00 p.m. my golfer returned with my new canvas and I was back in business having a "doodle start" good time with the "legs" of my painting.
The feeding flamingo looks strange. I always think I know what something looks like until I try to paint....
I also needed to get some of the feet going in different directions and the reflections in the water....plus I discovered paint skins would add some wonderful texture to the legs.
Makes for a full studio when working on a piece this large. I need at least 12' to back away and take a look at how the painting is "reading".
This is not quite "the finish"...but close.
Next step is to have this large piece professionally photographed and to find a good home...anyone have a Florida house?
Here is the "Flamingo Ballet" hung with space between the canvases at Framecraft in Warrenton during the "Spring Fling" weekend.
"Framecraft of Warrenton" Mark, Meleana and the staff at Framecraft are experts! I have many pieces there and am pleased to be represented by them.