Monday, March 18, 2013

Canvas #214: outside Barnes & Noble, Richmond, Virginia, USA

How strange the internet is sometimes, hey? Back when I was in high school and university, I kept a Livejournal, and met some very lovely people. Christine was one of them. After I abandoned Livejournal, Christine and I connected via Twitter. Isn't the world such a small place? I am thrilled Christine wanted to participate. Here's her story:

I had a lot of fun doing this project.  Your envelope showed up on the day after Valentine's day and I was on a mini vacation, had gotten engaged the day before, and I was really excited to see the canvas when I got home.  I knew it was coming soon, but hadn't really thought about what I wanted to do until V-day, when my fiance and I were both having insomnia in the hotel room.. haha.  As I lay awake an idea came to me of creating a starry mountain scene, but starting with a black canvas and painting around the mountains to create their shape.  For some reason I really liked the idea of the background being connected and flowing with the foreground, just one solid piece.  I also liked the idea of using spatter techniques to create a glitter-crusted starry sky.  I really like the poem, "The Lady of Shalott," one I actually recite to combat insomnia (still learning it) and I love the Lancelot parts where Tennyson compares his gear to the stars:

The gemmy bridle glitter'd free,
Like to some branch of stars we see
Hung in the golden Galaxy.
As often thro' the purple night,
Below the starry clusters bright,
Some bearded meteor, trailing light,
      Moves over still Shalott.

So I had all this in my mind when deciding what to paint.  The process was pretty simple:  paint the canvas black, block off the mountain areas with masking tape, and spatter away.  I used a paper box as a "studio" to keep things clean.  I messed up and ended up doing it all over, but since the background is black, it was no problem to do that.

I could *not* decide where to put this thing!  Finally, today, I just left it outside of Target.  I thought it was a good spot, but when I came out an hour later, it had fallen over and no one had bothered it.  I just couldn't leave it there.  So I took it back and tried the Barnes & Noble near by.  I found a little nook for it outside.  I watched for a little while, but no one really seemed interested in it.  Hopefully someone will come along and take it home

I love the colourful splatters. Amazing!


  1. I didn't even realize my canvas # was 214. How funny that I got it the day after v-day, the day I got engaged and decided what I was going to paint. Yes, it is a small, small world. So glad I "found" you again on the great big internet!

    1. Oh my gosh, I didn't even realize that either! How serendipitous!!!

      Love love love it!!!!

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