Monday, July 21, 2008

Acrylic in Ian's Mole

I painted this at our campsite in the Porcupine Wilderness State Park at the tip of Michigan's wild Upper Peninsula. It was cold, rainy, buggy, but I had fun doing it. It was an actual barn and a woman cutting mums set the vase on the windowsill while she gathered a second group of them. I shot a photo of it from which I made the painting. I thought it was fun because it was very primary (and I only had primary colors [and white] with me). The barn was old and out of square (but I might have overdone it, lol!) Biker Buddy took the shot from inside the car where he was retreating from the biting bugs.

9 comments:

ian russell said...

Ah, drive-by gallery with lady-easel! - you got those in the US too? Beautiful work, Mary - in my molie as well! How did you find the acrylic on molepaper - did you wrestle with it like me?

Johnnynorms said...

I like the twinkle-eyed horse peering out o'the shady interior.

steve said...

Love the paintings Mary. I'm very impressed, since I've had some real difficulties with wet materials in this type of skine.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much, guys! :-D

I've found that heavy acrylics work better than the more watery media.

I was using water color pencils and pastels and reworking an area for more color and detail and it bled through to the next page. :-( But the acrylics did not. You have to make sure they dry well though, or the pages stick together!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm doing an experiment--in my new experimental mole, with gesso, but it isn't complete yet. I had to postpone it because of my trip--there was a limit to how much stuff I could take with me, since we were camping and there were three of us and three people gear and tents, sleeping bags, cookware etc.

I'll report back later.

Did I mention I got the latest mole? I haven't had time to let anyone know, but I should. It was here when I got back yesterday. Cool, I loved looking through it! YAY!

Jess said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know I got it! Good idea with the protective layer of (plastic? tissue? cellulose? something?)-- the acrylic was still outgassing so it must've been fresh-ish ;)

So anyway, it's safe and warm in my home... soon to be subject to MAH PENS!!!

Andrea said...

Mary, I think I said this before but I enjoy how you are in the photo with the Moly!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks Ladies! YAY! So glad you got the mole safely, since I mailed it from the Yoopers! Way out there!

I love the idea of the drive by gallery, Ian! We could arrange a world wide drive-by gallery where each of us stands (or better yet, sits) at the roadside with our moles open on a given day, LOL!!! What a RIOT!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

In Cazenovia NY, near where I used to live, there is an art park (Stone Quarry Art Park), and what a gas to have people assemble at the roadside a car's length apart holding their art and people drive by and see it.

That might be an idea for a piece--even if it is simply imaginary. Just have to figure out how to present it.