Monday, February 7, 2011
Gee Bend Inspiration
Covered an old painting by a child( -gosh I am a bad mother) with Gesso. Sketched general shapes, followed light, medium and darks.
Blocking in colour to see how my choices work.
Naples yellow is my favorite yellow.
You can see the splodge from beneath (original painting) is hard to cover.
Completed painting. I told my husband it was an elephant eating a banana. He isn't much for abstract, poor love.
Inspiration for the painting was a quilt by a resident of Gee Bend, Alabama, USA made from mattress ticking, denim and old work clothes. They colours remind me of Boro- Japanese patchwork of sorts. Same kind of blues and browns. Anyway, the colours and pattern I borrowed from a children's storybook illustrated by Muriel Kerba.
This was painted as part of an online class I am doing called Get Your Paint on.
More about that next post.