Messing About – More Work in Progress

I had a really lovely day working on these two pieces while I listened to early ’90s Canadian rock (Rheostatic’s Melville and The Tragically Hip’s Day For Night, for those of you keeping track at home). I worked on the still untitled map piece first, until the whole thing was was covered in wet paint, strips of wax paper, and kosher salt.

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The kids were quietly playing upstairs (I had gone up to check on them and was summarily dismissed), so I decided to work on Moon Tree (Summer) while the other painting dried. I was annoyed by how sloppy I’d been so far, and I spent a fair amount of time cleaning up edges and layering on color. I don’t really like the position of the bird and the branch, so I may make the branch a little lower.

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I switched back to the map for a while, until I was ready to move on to painting the rocks themselves. That sounded intimidating, so I switched back again. Unfortunately the next step was painting the bird, so I had to just jump in somewhere! Working with the black is always a little frightening, because it is just so final, and if I screw up it is hard to fix it. I’m pleased with how it went, though my hand is still recovering from the painstaking work. At least I had the foresight to block off some areas with masking fluid, so I was able to simply fill in those spaces with paint.

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I’m going to fill in the white parts of the bird with red. The bird really needed to dry, so I decided to tackle the rocks on the map. Part of my problem is that I’m not sure how I want to paint them! In the end the rocks (or islands) will appear to be cracking open. I want the new areas to be bright and jewel toned, and I wanted the “skin” that is peeling away to be a dull tan color that has hints of the color of the new rock below. I mixed together white and sepia and a tiny bit of red and purple when needed.

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I’m pretty excited with the progress!

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