Well, the airbrush experiment, after several tries, was a success!
I am completely satisfied with the background of the particular painting I mentioned last week. I had a lot of fun playing with a toy that had been dormant and hiding in the darkest corners of my small studio space. The adventure proved to offer more than just the result I was seeking. It was followed by a wave of spraying and mucking and all kinds of creative fun!
The downside is the tremendous amount of colour dust that it can produce. Every surface in the room was covered in a fine powder. As I mixed colours to create the blends and gradations, I, too, eventually became coated. The colour was a lovely middle value blue and the acrylic medium for thinning the paints is rather better at adhesion than one might think. I ended up looking like a smurf for a few days. I am still scraping it out of my nail beds… I plan to post the work in progress over the next couple of days – once I finish blocking in the composition (it’s a 36″x24″ – so I am slow….). The final piece will be posted on or before the 16th. Deadline for the Spring Show up here… Sometimes I need more than a fire under my butt – I needed an atomic bomb….
A friend of mine suggested another way to break out of the creative funk I have been experiencing over the last several weeks. She told me to try some old tools – tools that I probably have not used in 30 years:
Crayons… yes, crayons!
This required shopping. I went out to the store at her suggestion to discover that crayons have come a long way in terms of choice since my last pack. The hard-sided 64 crayon box with the built in sharpener was a way cool innovation when I was a kid. Now you can get kits with 150 crayons! My friend suggested that 24 would do, but, there was no way I was going home with anything less than the Ferrari of crayon boxes. This thing had a collapsible three tier clear plastic tray that offered the traditionals, metallics and glitter crayons. How was I to resist? After all, it only cost the same as a couple of tubes of paint…
Next, I grabbed a colouring book and over the course of a few days, I coloured in bats, aliens and seahorses with the neatest colours that, unfortunately, don’t translate in a scan. So you will miss all of the glitter and metal in my spaceship and the stars….. They key, however, was to use my non- dominant hand. So lefty was invited back for the first time since December.
Needless to say things are moving along again quite smoothly. The relief, as one might imagine, is palpable…..
See you in a couple of days… 😉