In other September news, I've got two more of my Aretha word paintings finished:
I've been posting these on Instagram and the Blues Brothers Official account has "liked" at least two of them, so there's a life goal achieved that I never knew I had. Three more in this series to go.
Today I varnished the Best. Painting. Ever. Okay, maybe not the best, but I really really love it. I started out only knowing what colors I wanted to use - brown, red and something peachy. The paint sat on my table for a couple of days while I thought about it, hoping a design idea would come to me. I got nada so had to wing it. Here's the final result:
It's taken me a long time to be comfortable with having canvas texture visible in the final piece. In fact, most of the time I still don't like it and with heavy body paint and a palette knife I can cover it easily. Not so here but that's okay - there are places where you can see the weave of the canvas and other places where the paint is so thick I had to wait two extra days before I could add varnish. Final shot, complete with professional photobomber: