I was recently asked to paint images on the electrical boxes in my home town. It is part of an effort to turn some of these plain boxes into works of art. Although this public art project is one that has been done in larger cities, it is new for my small town. It has been a wonderful experience but it has not been without its challenges. So what have I learned?
1. I needed to be prepared, in my case, to work in sweltering heat.
2. I needed to remind myself that everyone is not going to like my art. Hey some people actually preferred the dull painted electrical boxes the way that they were. Who knew?
3. I needed to prepare my self for a host of insects that were on the boxes. Actually I think that I discovered new ones that had never been seen.
4. I discovered that I can actually forget to eat a meal. I would become so engrossed in the
project that I would forget to eat a meal. I found that I lost weight without really trying. Yea!
5. It has taught me to get over my dread of painting in public. It’s wonderful talking with people and introducing my art to some who ordinarily would not see it. It has been interesting hearing the stories that they have shared with me, and the interest that children have shown really made the project well worth the effort.
This is my painting finished. I don’t think that I will make any changes. Yes, I have gone back and made changes to a finished painting. Some say artists are never satisfied with their work. Some of the masters have been known to want to take their paintings down in the middle of shows to redo them. I guess I am not quite that bad, but if I don’t sell this one right away, I know there will be changes. I am going to enjoy it the way that it is, for now. The title of it is ” “The Visitor”, because it reminds me of all the birds that come here to the North Carolina Estuarium. If you are ever in Washington, North Carolina stop in and visit.
This is a work in progress. I am using a 30’x30′ acrylic gesso primed canvas. I painted the background color that you see in Aztec Gold acrylic paint mixed with lemon yellow. I hope that you will follow my progress.
“Blank Canvas is the first sculpture that I created using polymer clay. This sculpture of an artist sitting before a blank canvas is how I often see myself. I sit ready to paint, but what shall I paint? Will it be a landscape? Maybe I will paint people involved in some activity, after all that is one of my favorite subject to paint. Or, maybe I will paint flowers. Oh, the possibilities that lie when you sit before a blank canvas.