It seems like I find inspiration in places when I least expect it!
A few weeks ago I visited an old building that’s under construction. The raw walls, peeling paint, exposed bricks and bits of the past kept peeking out at me, I just had to grab my camera and quickly capture some images.
Even the outside of the building was awesome!
I’ve got hundreds of images of things that inspire me…I’m especially drawn to textures! Oh, and clouds. And rocks. And…well, the list is rather long! I am certain at some point I’ll glue myself down in front of the computer and combine all these images into digital art pieces. In the meantime, my image collection continues to grows!
Last week I posted the two large pieces of artwork that I recently created using everyday construction materials like cement, sand & gravel. Today I’m going to show you the images & steps for three smaller (11×14) pieces created using the same process. Like the larger pieces these all began with a layer of concrete applied to the surface of the canvas.
Once dried then several layers of loose acrylic were applied to the surface and it was left to dry again.
When the acrylic dried the piece was “roughed up” and the concrete broken, chipped & removed where it easily came up, leaving behind the texture and a rough pattern for me to base the composition on.
To define the edges of each area wavy lines of white acrylic were applied with a squeeze bottle.
After that was dried then I began re-painting the different areas with thin layers of acrylic paint.
Once I was pleased with the coloring I also added black sand in select areas of each piece, as well as a thick & textured area of white acrylic to contrast with the black. Here are the other two pieces after they were completed:
I haven’t had time to begin any more of these “contructed” pieces but hope to get one or two underway soon. They are easier to work on when I can get outside to do the cement application & the removal of the concrete – finding a day without rain to accomplish that just hasn’t happened lately!
I had a friend point out that it was interesting that I’ve been using what are typically considered construction materials and “constructing” art with it instead. I liked that thought! The piece of art featured in today’s post was created with wood & concrete. Other new works that will be featured soon were not only constructed but de-constructed and then re-constructed before they reached their finished stage!
This piece was a bit of an experiment to see if I could achieve a pattern using contact paper as a “stencil” of sorts. It actually worked pretty well! The first step was to paint the entire background of the wood panel with some black gesso. As that was drying I cut a piece of contact paper roughly the size of the panel and began to sketch out a rough pattern on it with a marker. I used an x-acto knife to cut out the shapes and then peeled off the backing and applied it to the dry background.
The concrete was applied over each opening in the design and textured or smoothed as I saw fit. Then it was left to sit for a few hours to firm up.
Before it got too dry I carefully peeled off the contact paper and excess concrete and then left it to continue drying for the rest of the day.
The following day I added several shades of yellow, beige and terra cota to the pieces and, once that dried, the final bit of color was a touch of copper paint wiped on the top of different areas.
The last step was to go back in between each of the concrete shapes and repaint the background with more black paint and then seal the entire piece with an acrylic gloss. I loved the way it turned out! I reminds me of an ancient construction, perhaps part of a temple or a secret site that is waiting to be discovered. What kind of a story does it tell you?