I paint it or sew it. All for the love of creativity.
Friday, January 29, 2010
I've been working on a paint project that is interesting. I decided to present my family ancestry in a new way. I am collaging their photos and hints of their history in ephemera and other goodies. I want to look at them every day and not just once in a while. So, I sat down and got started. I first layered about 8 layers of Gesso to prep the canvas and throw in a little sanding to give a good basecoat. Pick out a couple of really fun colors and slap them around to create a festive background. This isn't really going to be visible so don't fret too much about your color choices....Just pick your fav colors.
This is a collection of pics from my great-grandparents. He farmed a hundred acres in Oklahoma. My Great Grandfather passed away when I was young, but I knew my Grannie very well. We always had great fun playing Croquet in the backyard. She loved to fish and pick blackberries. I just remember how hot and sweaty it was while I helped her!
Then I prepped a second canvas and did a grouping of my ancestors on my father's side of the family. I was relieved to see the hair on my Great-great Grandfather! Now I know why my hair goes 'Irish' and totally out of control. These are still in the process of finishing and I am known to keep adding things months later. So, all of them will be works in progress for a while.
I have 2 more canvases on the table right now and are much smaller. I have to think a bit harder about what I want to place where and what to add to tell the story of my family. Sheesh, That is the really hard part....Thinking!!!