In trying to paint loose, one of my hesitations is the cost and storage of the painting surface. I typically have been using water based media on watercolor paper. Not expensive watercolor paper.
But I can get a bit OCD about any material. This winter, a group on the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area put out a very elegant city guide ‘magazine’. The magazine is filled with ads for some of the nicer places to shop in the area. It also is printed on a pretty heavy card stock. Every page is card stock, not just the covers. This just called out to me for transformation. Win-win: combination book art and a great no-mistakes experimental ground.
Below, and to the right, are a few of the pages in their ‘before’ and ‘after’ states. Some pages inspire me to use what’s there. Others just lend themselves to being a painting surface.
The giant bunnies were an inflatables outdoor exhibit last spring at the NC Museum of Art. How could I resist??
The next page was pretty uninspiring, unless you are looking for a reputable jeweler. So it became a dog portrait exploration.
In my previous post with the cat, I wanted to try to work with the intriguing viewing figure of a man. I kept the figure, but I am not sure how well it worked. Reminds me more of a urinal photo. But this experimentation book is a jump off point for exploration. I would say ‘no judgements’, but honestly I won’t be doing that again. There is also the problem that the cat is pretty terrifying. To me it ended up feeling like one of Francis Bacon’s Screaming Pope (of Cats.)