It is important to find yourself involved in the process and not the product. The process should be alive, in motion, vulnerable. Painting demands a certain mystery in which not everything is defined.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Making "floater" frame for "Lavender Fields" & "Geraniums"
This type of frame is called a "floater" frame. The painting sets inside the reveal with a small gap on all four sides creating a "floating" illusion and is often used for gallery/museum wrap canvas.
Join mitered edges with band clamp=nice, tight, square corners! Love this little baby.
Now for two coats of gray paint.
Next, distress edges.
Finally, two coats polyurethane and end with "finishing wax paste" which brings out luster and shine. This can be applied with a lint free rag rubbed over all surfaces. A laborious process to be sure!
Making the frame for "Geraniums" involved much of the same process as "Lavender Fields" with minor changes: red paint and carved wood on the side. (A special thanks to Jared Badger for helping it to "fit!")
The tension between traditional and realistic painting technique and modern abstraction are of particular intrigue to me. I use expressive brush strokes, smudges, and lines that reflect human emotion while still maintaining form, (whether it be a figure, landscape, or still life) creating a balance of disorder and precision. Practicing with diverse mediums, such as charcoal, acrylic, ink, and oil paint, subject matter including landscape, still life, figures and architecture, and odd tools like putty knives, rollers, and rags help to create impressions of reality without becoming photo realism.
There is something poetic in losing the form, bringing it back, and losing it again-as if breathing life into the work. Taking Degas to an extreme, I often find myself creating layers upon layers, and could be happily working on any painting until the end of time… As such, I continually pray for wisdom to know when a piece is completed.
Inspiration comes from keeping my eyes open: Interesting shapes caught by light casting a shadow, unusual colors cast at a certain time of day, nostalgia from my childhood home and environment. Growing up as a farm girl in southern Utah surrounded by some of the most famous national parks in the world has provided a feast of the senses; thus providing endless opportunities for creative expression; however, I believe beauty can be found anywhere, such as a busy intersection in the city, an industrial building, or a glass jar on the kitchen counter.