Spring is in the air, even though the temperatures and snow say otherwise. Painted Smile here in this photo is full of spring fever. This weekend while I was doing more of the lessons for my Kelly Rae Roberts on-line art course, my cat was feeling left out and jumped on the table onto my canvases. I have about ten canvases on the go and she was thinking I was spending entirely too much time with my fingers in the paint and not enough time with my fingers in her soft, cuddly painted fur! She has never jumped onto the table before, that I know of, and her actions were a total surprise to me! What a positively naughty kitty!
Before painting each day, we are instructed to write an intention. Mine for Saturday was "Listen". Listen to the colours that are calling me, listen to my inner voice that says, "Keep going!", "Stop and think!", "Try this", "I wonder what would happen if?" Listen to my heart!
Here are some of the canvases. They are going to be backgrounds for future projects. After several layers of paint, I used bubble wrap, stencils, ink sprays, pen lids, a fork, my fingers, spray bottles, paper towels, onion bags, rubber stamps, to name a few techniques!
The next step was to pick my favourite canvas and then start to collage, to make decisions quickly and place the paper within three seconds.
I chose a quote from Anne of Green Gables, two old atlas pages, some scrap booking papers, sheet music, a paper doily and a page of Chinese book, and an antique card.
The next step was to use painting techniques to start to integrate the collaged papers into the background. We were to choose two colours from the collaged papers that are calling us. I chose the orange and green colours from the map.
The next step is too add another layer of collage, then paint, and keep adding layers until it is no longer fun, telling you it is time for another layer or it is time to stop!
Here I added two Canadian stamps, some rubber stamps, two shells, a starfish, another bird and a few more painting techniques.
The next stage is to create a horizon by using paint, collaged papers or ribbon... I am still deciding if I want to use ribbon and lace. What do you think?
Once the horizon line is established, I will decide what words I will add and add finishing touches. My ideas came to a screeching hault when I spilled my favourite blue ink all over my art table... You will see that now many of the canvases have the blue. I couldn't waste the ink and throw it out. I even saved the paper towels to use in my collages at a later date. I am sure my positively naughty kitten was watching me, secretly thinking, serves her right that the ink spilled, she has spent the whole day painting and ignoring me.
Visit soon to see what final decisions I will make.