Painting #1

On April 8, 2012 by jw

I had this big blank wall in my loft so I had to fill it. This is the music corner so I wanted something music themed. IMG_0273 IMG_0306 IMG_0307

Building the frame was actually really fun. I used a miter box and hand saw. Perfect cuts every time.

The canvas is just cheap drop cloth from Home Depot.


IMG_0313Here is the design I made to use as reference. Made with Maya and Photoshop.

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Testing out spray cans and how the paint is absorbed. I projected the initial design onto the frame, then I traced the outline with paint markers. IMG_0325 IMG_0326 IMG_0327

Then I decided to gesso it. The trace could still be seen from under the gesso.


I decided to change the background to black.
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At this point I realized the design was way to clean for my lofty cement floor historic downtown loft. So I experimented with aging the design in Photoshop. IMG_0361 IMG_0369 IMG_0372

So to age the piece, I just sprayed stain all over it. I tried a few other things too, like coffee and dirt, but I’m not sure if it really did anything. IMG_0375 IMG_0376 IMG_0377 IMG_0378 IMG_0379 IMG_0380 IMG_0381 IMG_0384

IMG_1298This was my first large format painting. The actual painting process was so peaceful. I would paint a little before I went to work and as soon as I got home. If I can find the wall space, there will be more to come.


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