I have decided to paint with acrylic medium, as previously, and keep the same color palette of orange, blue, and white, in order to stay within the limit of three changes. The work is in progress with still a journey ahead until it is complete. I have the canvas surface prepared with most of the application of the additional material while mapping out the composition.
From there I began some painting of beginning layers. During the painting process I will apply additional layers and shapes that will be formed from the existing shapes shown here. This is similar to how the first painting's composition was formatted.
I am currently experimenting with deconstructing denim into a form that can be added into the paint. I am hoping to break it down as far as a pigment that can be added to a clear acrylic base, making denim paint. Not sure how this work, but will post my results after further testing. I have already shredded it down to strands of threads which are being added to the surface while painting to see what new shapes will evolve, and then incorporate those into the composition.
Lately, I have been stumped concerning how this will be displayed when it is complete. Currently there is not a frame, and I would not want to merely nail it to the wall. I was looking into a way to mount it using magnets such as seen before with works on paper, though fear that the canvas is to heavy for those type of magnets. I would need to use larger magnets in order for them to be strong enough, but would need to find a way to attach the magnets to the wall. I am thinking of attaching them to a wooden 2"x2" bar which would hang on the wall, and then the magnets mounted to the back of the canvas could attach to magnets on the wooden bar. In result, the canvas should float away from the wall, only being attached at the top edge. This will also allow the finished work to be transported easier as it could be removed from the bar and then loosely rolled. I may have to result to using hooks instead of magnets, though I am hoping the magnets will work as I think it would give the finish work a better presentation.
Countdown to critique is in 15 days! I am feeling an "Oh Crap!" moment of pressure as there is still so much to be done. A lot of art can happen in fifteen days, so there is hope to win this challenge, but will I finish it before it finishes me? Stay tuned.
10/07/2015 update.... almost done.... 5 more days... I think I'm going to make it!
Drawing of Satch Hoyt's Say it Loud installation, from the Radical Presence show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco 2015.
A totem of the words written and spoken by movement makers. The brave soldiers who fought with their minds and spoken words for the cause of humane equality. A reminder to be a proud participant in true equality for all individuals, and not to profile based upon ill prejudgements. To spread the word and "Say it Loud". Thank you Satch Hoyt, I hear you loud and clear. This installation is a reminder to myself to speak up more and create statements with my own art that will cause others to reflect upon what message I have to send. Visual art is another form of communication, creating another way to express our thoughts in conjunction with spoken word.
Orange, Blue and White by Caz 2014, acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11", 2013
This work was created from shapes developed from blind contour lines using two complimentary colors and white. In my recreation of this I will remain with the limited color palette of two complimentary colors plus white, but adding a mother color to each of the colors so no color would be used in their original form. I will also change it by creating textures, and increasing the finished size.
Denim. A durable fabric that has been with us for many years and still to be a popular choice when it comes to many people's daily wear. To some, it is a fashionable fabric that serves as a second skin in their urbanized environment. For others it is a durable fabric to protect against elements and dangers of their work. I grew up wearing denim, and lived in the era when it was cool to be dressed in it from head to toe. Fashion trends come and go, but the life cycle of denim continues. For myself, denim's first life serves to my needs as clothing. Mostly in jeans, never too tight, but never too loose either. There is a happy medium of comfort, which would vary differently upon the different cut styles and brands. As a born and raised painter I am not one who feels the need to change my pants before painting or creating art, as my pants become my painter's smock, and then later my art. I first began collecting my own denim and recycling it into my art as rags and drop cloths. Today I continue to collect my recycled denim as well as other people's denim which go through an unique preparation process before they are created as a canvas. Some will be cut and prepared into canvases within the size limitations determined by particular pieces of denim. Others will be cut and torn into swatches that are later sewn and joined together as a larger canvas. Denim is only one part of my recycled and reused mixed media art. Stay tuned for more!
Detail of Eight in Six, (in progress) mixed media on denim by Caz, 2015