Sunday, March 03, 2013

To get to the other side

What, still no art?

None to show just yet. I've been busy finishing up my internships and if everything goes well, I will be done by the end of June and can resume my mantle of artist.

In the meantime, I'm researching chickens for a commission. I'm doing a mural (inside a home) of chickens based on the patron's love of my Original Finger Painting, Holy Chicken, which he received as a limited edition print years ago (only three of the small canvas giclees were made):

Holy Chicken, oil on canvas, 16" x 20" COLLECTED
Holy Chicken, oil on canvas, 16" x 20", COLLECTED

There are still large prints of this beautiful fowl available on Etsy

And speaking of Etsy, I think once things have quieted down with my internships (as in, I'm done with them) and I've gotten my license, I may be moving my shop back to eBay. Not sure yet, but I do miss the hustle and bustle of that site compared with Etsy

Back to the research--I love that part of making my art: seeing things deeply, drinking them in, and then translating what I've absorbed into a painting. 

The process of painting a mural intimidated me at first. I'm used to turning around my canvas (or walking around it if it's big), but you can't do that when painting on a wall. I'll also be painting while standing on a stepladder. The patron kindly offered to build a simple scaffolding for me, which I might take him up on, but who knows. I learn different ways of doing things (and invent techniques) with each Original Finger Painting, and this will just be another opportunity to get creative about how to create. Who needs brushes?! Who needs an easel?!

So, onward with the chickens. The many breeds are fascinating. Thank you, Internet. Especially for the rooster contests.

Oh, and yes, I know, I've got to get a picture of the finished family tree painting I did. Sometime this year, I'll get that done. 

Thanks for reading, thanks for looking, and always, always--thanks for your support.