Monday, July 5, 2010
MMM: Something Borrowed
Bird in the Hand 24 X 30 mixed media, available at the Decatur Gallery
I started this painting in Kenson Thompson's two day mixed media class last March at the Sandy Springs School of Art. You can see photos of the class and read about it in my blog post here. Kenson spent some time demonstrating how she layers media to begin a new painting, and she also taught us how to use oil pastels and charcoal in mixed media. She explained that we could use turpentine to creat a translucent wash of color and then brush a clear, quick-drying acrylic finish over the pastels, making it possible to combine oil and acrylic paints. Kenson then suggested that I use one of the "pointy hat girls" from my art journal pages. I thought that was an excellent idea, as I have not painted many human figures and was anxious to give it a try. Deciding to use Kenson's palette, I did the basic outline of this painting in class and went on to begin a second painting. I put this one aside for several months because I was a little nervous about painting a person, and I didn't want to mess it up. Last week I decided to try to finish it in time for my installation at The Decatur Gallery. Once I got started again, I found that I was using brighter hues than I had originally planned. Perhaps because I was more comfortable with my own palette, the painting became less intimidating and the work went fairly quickly. I wish I had placed the figure a little differently, but, all in all, I wasn't dissatisfied, and, as of last Thursday, she is hanging in the gallery, along with five of my other pieces. I am looking forward to painting more human figures and have several compositions in mind already. I'm also hoping to take more classes with Kenson because, not only is she one of my favorite artists, she's so much fun and so very inspiring.