Summertime

Summertime by Heather Miller, WhiteRosesArt.com

Summertime by Heather Miller

Price: $175.00
Size: 17.25″ x 21.25″ x 1.75″
(canvas board = 16″ x 20″)
Year: 2016

Summertime was created using spray paint, chalk pastels, and spray varnish on canvas board.  It comes framed without glass.



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This piece is currently on exhibition at Artomatic 2017 in Crystal City, Virginia until May 7, 2017.


The Story:

Summertime was a color palette challenge. I had done several pieces using blues and purples recently and wanted to try work with different colors.  For this piece specifically, I chose colors that I usually avoid:  light yellow, bright yellow, coral, peach, and a yellow-green color called “lemon grass.”  I think it’s important, for me at least, not to get stuck in a “color rut.”

When I work with spray paints, I start by over-spraying the canvas which allows me to do some fluid painting.  I didn’t want to make this a true fluid painting though.  Instead of heavily over-spraying, I did this piece in layers. ensuring I didn’t get more excess paint than I wanted in any one area.

I sprayed on the diagonal because I wanted the piece to have a bit more structure. While the paint was wet, I ran a bamboo skewer vertically and horizontally creating thin lines.  Using the side of the same skewer, I brushed the paints around following my original diagonal pattern.  I added in a smattering a white here and there to add some contrast.

When I was done with the paint, but before it could dry, I took a chalk pastel and ran it over a cheese grater (no, not one used for food!).  This left a bit of yellow dust in various areas around the piece.  When it was completely dry, I brushed off the excess pastel and sealed the piece with a spray varnish.

 

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