My focus this week has been on reworking things that didn’t work out the first time around, and transforming them into something else — sometimes something better! Or if not better, at least something different than what they were before.
I overdyed the scrunch-dyed t-shirts from a couple of weeks ago. The overdye worked really well, and they look great. Here are the “before” and “after” pictures. Now they have more richness and depth, as well as better colors.
I also worked on two experimental paintings that needed help. I did a lot of sanding, overpainting, and more sanding. “Before” and “after” pictures below. They’re currently in the awkward dismantling stage — being sanded down and taken apart.
24″ x 24″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
20″ x 20″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
These are learning pieces for me — paintings that I can experiment on without any concern about ruining them. They’re not done, and probably never will be. I like that I can continually rework them and see the effects of new techniques.
They’re not “pretty” paintings from a distance, but the closeup details are interesting.
In other news, I’ve been offered a show of my paintings at Fox Fine Jewelry in Downtown Ventura later this year. I’m excited to be showing there. It’s a gorgeous store, and they do a fabulous job of displaying and promoting the art. I want to create some new work for the show, which will keep me busy for a while.
What transformations have you been working on lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,