Size: 17.25″ x 21.25″ x 1.75″
(canvas board = 16″ x 20″)
Summertime was created using spray paint, chalk pastels, and spray varnish on canvas board. It comes framed without glass.
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.