Friday, September 16

Mixed Media Painting: The Cat of Many Faces

Here is my latest mixed media painting: The Cat of Many Faces (or a Bajillion faces to be exact!)

Last winter I bought a floor easel so I could work comfortably in my studio with larger canvas pieces.  I set the easel up, and plopped a 24x36 canvas on it.... and left it like that for months.  Seriously.  Months!

One night before going to bed, I decided I was tired of looking at a blank canvas and quickly spread some paint on it.  Fifteen minutes later, after making a bit of a mess, I immediately felt better and went to bed.  At least I wouldn't be staring at a blank canvas anymore!

However, I couldn't decide if I should continue and use it as my underpainting, or leave it as is (I kind of liked the abstract look it had, but knew it needed more work (since I know absolutely nothing of abstract art).

Last month I finally decided to just go with it and have some fun.  I painted, and repainted a cat face on this canvas so many times, I lost count.  I'm not sure why I struggled so much, it isn't a very complicated piece... pretty basic cat cartoony face LOL  I just was never happy with it until now!

He is finished, with top coat and wax coat, ready to hang.... let's just hope it doesn't take me another year to get it up on the wall. ha!
Here are a few of the process shots from the last month and a quick video of the shading I did at the very end