My pattern and wallpaper obsession continues. Yesterday I completed stage one of upcoming image transfers in gel skin my new work. I have almost one hundred photocopies of wallpaper shots ready for their first coat of gloss medium when I get to my summer house tomorrow.
My fingertips are numb just thinking about rubbing off all that paper to reveal the image in the gel skin. To save my fingers, I've been experimenting with other "objects" to remove the paper. I'll write a post on what is working best when I return. Lately I've also been using direct transfer right on the surface as a beginning layer. This technique does not leave the built up edges you get from gel skin transfers. Sometimes I want that smoothness but the build up of edges makes the layers more prominent and reminiscent of the passage of time reflected in peeling wallpaper.
I have two weeks to paint to my heart's delight. I have one new work complete, one almost and one begun. I hope to come back to the city with four completed works. This series is on 16 x 16 canvas. My last two series have been on cradled panel. The texture of the canvas in the background seems right for this new work. Fabric like and pliable. All the reasons why I rejected it before. Here's a sampling of my inspirations...
Text will play a part in several of the paintings. At least that's what I think today. Who knows? All of these shots came from an old house in my summer community, Duntara which a friend of mine has since purchased and has dreams of having a small museum/ gallery there. This is a very interesting concept in a community of approximately 50 people.
It's the one in the middle next to the small red shed. I love the off center door and the blue green trim , a staple colour in the past for this community.
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