No rhyme or reason

by frogpondsrock on January 31, 2012

in Arty stuff..,blogging,ceramics,thinking out loud

To the words that pop into my head. Or to the order in which I do things.

I am so time poor at the monet internet that this blog is sorely, sorely neglected.

Maybe tomorrow I will write an insightful blog post full of charm and wit.

I am typing so hurriedly that I wrote monet instead of moment in my second sentence and I sat for ten minutes pondering the significance of that word exchange and I thought it looked so nice that I have left it there. I am now thinking about blurry paintings and what a shame it was that Monet had a hissy fit and destroyed so many of his paintings.

Speaking of paintings.

I am part of a group show in Burnie in the north west of the state, that opens in less than four weeks and we have all been given a canvas to use as our Artist Statement. I painted my canvas yesterday. I am going to add some text to explain my work as well as some photographs of  the work in progress and maybe glue a cigarette lighter onto the canvas as well.

The hardest part about any job is starting.

Apparently you have to rub some white spirits over the canvas to break down the fibres. As the canvas was propped up on the shelf drying, I asked twitter how long I should wait before I started chucking some paint about. The answer I liked the most was straight away. So I set to work

These photos were taken with my phone.

I started off using a piece of cardboard as a paintbrush and smeared some yellow poster paint all over the canvas.

The cardboard soon became soggy and left little pieces of itself on my canvas, so I changed tools and started to use a cigarette lighter as my brush.I also fingerpainted quite a bit as well.

And this is the finished background to my Canvas Artist Statement. All I need to do now is tell the story of the body of work that I have made for “Fired Up” and have it all done by the end of February.

And of course remember to breathe…

{ 13 comments }

Philly January 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

It looks great! Very much like your colourful eggs.
(Dawn just dropped my canvas off)

frogpondsrock January 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Philly and I am looking forward to seeing your canvas. When are you coming up to do some more work?

Philly January 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Not sure what I’m going to do with mine. And not sure when I’ll be coming over again. Maybe friday?

frogpondsrock February 1, 2012 at 6:50 am

Friday is fine. Anytime is fine Philly. :)

Elephant's Child January 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Please breathe. You are super important to many of us here in the blogosphere. And your work is challenging, surprising and beautiful.

frogpondsrock January 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Thankyou so much, your support means a lot to me and I really am breathing. But if I start to think about how much I have to do in the next 4 weeks I start to hyperventilate a little bit. I am only ever a blog post away from full blown panic.
I bought myself 2 large canvases with my birthday money from my Nan last February and I have been too scared of “mucking them up” to get them down and actually paint on them. Because I am going to cover this canvas with my artist statement and photos and stuff, I could paint it without any fear. It was enormous fun EC I really enjoy painting.

Rusty Hoe January 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Loving your paint brush choices. As Elephant Child said “breath”, no need to stress as you’re going to rock it.

frogpondsrock January 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I don’t like the brush marks that paint brushes leave and I am an impatient painter. I will often use the side of my hand to smear the paint better. I am tactile and like to get my hands dirty BUT the downside is that I also end up with very smeary and smudgy work. I thought the cigarette lighters were apt as they are the central theme that is running through this series of work I am making for fired up. And Thank you :)

Jientje January 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I like it! Very colorful and vivid, like the flames in a fireplace. Keep breathing Kim!

frogpondsrock January 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I am breathing Jientje, in and out, in and out. :)

river January 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Picture #4, that blue patch in the middle reminds me of the ships L and I watched appearing through the fog on the horizon when we lived at Semaphore. We’d get down to the beach and sit on rocks and watch the ships make their way into Port Adelaide.
I like your finished canvas.

sleepydwarf January 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I like it a lot. I love the combination of colours and I think the black really makes it look finished. I find starting on a blank page very difficult, so well done :)

carolina February 1, 2012 at 5:48 am

I like the way your mind works. Sliding from monet to moment to Monet and then on to your own painting. Looking pretty good! I thought this was a very insightful post full of charm and wit. Job done!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: