Co-Creation. Said ‘artist’ and ‘non-artist’ paint together.
acrylic 6 ft x 4 ft
I painted this for Mandy and Tania. Truly friends.
It’s the largest canvas I’ve painted thus far and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The process was somewhat unique compared to how I typically approach my paintings. Or rather, complete them. Aside from navigating this larger size–rotating it, leaning against the wall (I hit the ceiling fan once which almost sent both the canvas and I sailing through the air _ not pretty) and laying it on the floor–I never approach my paintings strictly from the direction they eventually hang–I invited the ultimate owners to participate. To say the least, they were intrigued.
Tania turned me down flat but Mandy couldn’t wait to lay the paint on. I brought the picture to a point and knew when it was time to call in my co-artists. It turns out that Mandy has quite the consistent paint flicking flare. She piled on the caramels, creams, and whites and as usual, the walls and floors did receive a refresh in the process. Sara McLaughlin lilted on the stereo and everyone dove into the experience. Marty (hubby) and Tania felt pleased to direct the odd string of paint flying across the canvas. A little eggnog and rum helped worked off any edge that may have been there after a stressful week at the office and all in all the painting was hung in their hall with care in time for St. Nick to .. ok ok… .
We completed it the eve of Christmas Eve and I can tell you it was a perfect start to my holidays. Simply, because Tania and Mandy loved it. In fact, they couldn’t steal it away from my studio fast enough.
PS. This painting was a special request in which borrowed the position of the body from another artist’s painting. However, the experience was original and one of a kind.
Thanks Tania, Mandy and Marty.