Thursday, May 19, 2011

May 19,2011

Spray painted in the rain yesterday, still raining, glug, glug.
Here is what has been done so far on the Box. Now don't panic..I am really not going for a huge Easter egg effect! I am using these colors to cover up the dreaded white, (you know the feeling a huge sheet of white paper can do to some can strike fear in the best of us!) Also I learned to use a vibrant color as a background to murals ( a George Sisquieros trick). Once the actual design is painted over the background the painting has a glow imparted by bits of the base color showing through in spots and under transparent glazes. This is the hope that it will happen on this box! Normally I would use only one base color but I decided to try these 3 colors and see what happens! Always an experiment...
The next plan is transferring from drawings, figures to each side. I am placing desert animals indigenous to Utah, then rock art and a celestial cosmos type sky. I am hoping to stylize the animals so they are colorful but still recognizable as the animals they represent. This has me concerned. I have seen it done many times by other artists but never by me! I am wondering how to make a coyote, magpie and Hare colorful, geometric,stylized in a satisfactory way. The lizard is actually the one I am starting with since I have seen many examples of colorful lizards..especially in Latin American art. Any ideas?
But today..I get to run errands and grocery shop..yay for payday. The cupboards are bare and I was wanting to stock up the Ark.
My job is being postponed because of the weather..Thinking I will start next week but not sure when!
I signed up and paid my money to participate in the 12 by 12 show at the Hive Gallery in Salt Lake City. It is a funky little gallery in the Trolley Square complex ( the trolley barns were converted to a mall years ago). The paintings will be due in July and I am trying to think of what to do. I will do 3. Also still working on the interpretation of Isaac's work for September and then the Library show in Feb. I have my work cut out for me!! This is what I have deadlines. Oh and

open studio in September and a Plein Air event in Spring City, Utah in September...busy!!!! Yay
Have a great day..don't float away
I am dropping anchor for a while.


  1. I'm sure you'll do fine on the mailbox. I already like how you spray painted on the background. I can't wait to see the end result. Good luck with it.

  2. Busy, but being creative at the same time!
    Wonderful combo Kay!

  3. I love what you've done so far! I'm with you on the blank surface issue. It is the hardest part of a project. Nothing scarier, lol! So I wanted to tell you about my most valued resource when it comes to books I own for reference. It's called Animals. There are 1,419 copyright free illustrations from way back when in it. What I love about this book is all the different poses the give for the animals. There are even fish & birds & the like. I have used this book more than any other & thought it might come in handy for you & this project. The ISBN # is 0486237664. Hope this helps & I can't wait to see the finished project. Happy weekend to you!

  4. thanks so much for the tip!