Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bits and Pieces, Again!

Sometimes I do odd things...well, maybe more than sometimes...and purchasing this sampler pad of a variety of canvases was one of those times.I know the intended use is to test out the different types of canvas, but I am not going to follow that convention...who do they think I am anyway? :) So this sat around my studio until it caught my eye yesterday. You see, I had some paint left over and still wanted to paint. So I pulled off one of these canvases and laid down a coat of indigo acrylic. No, actually, I laid down indigo on 3 sheets of this. I let it dry then did some playing like this...
I know this is a typical Kim painting, but I do have a thing for these horizons. What you are seeing here is copper and pearl acrylic. Now, what do you think I should do with these little bits of painted, un-stretched canvas? Mmmm... Well, it was fun to do and it is an interesting way to play around while you are waiting for the large canvas to dry.

I want to send out a very special HUG to Suki today as she deals with a trying time.

I wish for you a beautiful day!


~Babs said...

Love sampler packs.
You don't say here what the size of this piece is,,,but I'm assuming it's smallish, since you say they are 'bits'. I really like matting a piece like this in a huge mat,,,for framing under glass. It gives much emphasis and importance to a small piece,,and solves the 'how to frame' question.Makes the work really 'pop'.
And the piece itself is in a favorite style (of mine) that you do. The weaving, or braiding approach makes me think of a bird's nest I just made from Virginia Creeper vine that I will put on my 'Nature Shelf' at the lake. With a small egg shaped stone, I think it's really cool.
WOuld love to see this IRL,,,,,, I love copper. Great piece Kim!

I recently ordered a sampler package (free) of Yupo paper,,,and Lynnie sent me a piece to play with,,,I haven't yet,
but looking forward to it.
Maybe today,,,,,,

Dianne said...

Hi Kim, I also love bits of canvas lying around just waiting to be experimented on, sometimes, I do my best work, just trying out something new. I love the contrast here of the indigo and the copper and pearl acrylic.
Thanks for the framing advice, Babs!

marianne said...

These canvas pads are fun!
I have bought one as well. But I wonder already before I start what to do with a canvas like that, since I can`t stretch them myself.........
I love your horizons Kims! They have such movement in them!

It is like a cheerful dance!

Big hug !

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Babs,

Thank you for your very kind words to me...you know I always feel "pleased as punch" when you give me the thumbs up. What a great idea about the matting and framing. I am going to give that some serious consideration to be sure - I like it! Oh, this is 6"x8". I really can get lost in these horizons and some of them are really like garlands, aren't they? I had not thought of that so much before, but you are so right.

What a great idea to make the wreath of Virginia Creeper. Will you take a photo to share on your blog of your nature shelf? That would be cool...I bet there is a little boy who loves to look at that :)

Babs, will you also show us some of the things you do with the Yupo paper, and tell us what you think of it?

Thank you so much Babs for your tremendous insights.

Here is a Hug for You!

Andrea and Kim said...

Thank you so much, Dianne. So do you collect these bits of canvas? I have never really done this but one other time before and I cut that up and wove two pieces together...

This is not really so new for me, although I have not really worked with indigo much before (Elis has encouraged that in me).

I think I am looking forward to doing more of this to be sure. I just never thought of buying canvas pads before.

Thank you so much, Dianne, like Babs I so appreciate and am humbled by your very kind and generous words.

And I want to give you a hug, too. Here you go.

Andrea and Kim said...

Awe Marianne, you too give me great reasons to keep going with these ideas which pop out of me.

Well, I am thinking Bab's idea of matting these might be a great idea for you, too. I can just imagine your wonderful mandalas on these canvas sheets with a large mat around it and framed. That sounds fantastic to me!

Thanks so much, Marianne! I am handing out hugs today, so here is one just for you! Hugs!

Unknown said...

Kim, love your painting, and yes,it is very Kim like which makes it so special. Vivid, DNA like, lights reflecting on a road, swarm of fishes swimming in moonlight.
And if you staple it onto a chassis? I always wanted to make my canvases myself:)
Or stick it onto a bigger canvas and continue to paint around it, make something else of it.
Either way, love the colours.
Have a wonderful day

Andrea and Kim said...

Oh Andrea...good idea, too. I could put this on a larger canvas and just incorporate it. Mmmm... I could even do it stretched and on the canvas. It would be small enough for that. :)

How I love your imagery of this painting. You give me a very big head with all of your beautiful words to me. I am fond of the one of small fish in the moonlight. Funny how I never think like this...but I sure do enjoy your gifts.

I am liking this indigo paint, Andrea. You know Elis? She loves indigo and I have been encouraged by her use of it.

Awe, thanks so much Andrea for your kindness here. I love all the wonderful things you pull out of me.

Here is your special HUG, too. This is fun to hand them out today!

~Babs said...

SO Kim, is this indigo a color,,or a special paint? I don't want to miss out on anything, ya know!

Also like Andrea's idea,,,fixing it to a stretched canvas,,,,collaging it into another work. I've seen that done, and it looks great, but didn't think of it before. Then, no need to frame. Framing CAN get to be a pain in th po-po,,,,and expensive.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Sweet Babs!

It is the color of the blue. Elis Cooke uses it a lot and tells me she is "in love" with the color. It is really great if you love those dark hues...kind of like great jeans, you know? Combined with the copper, it gave me a real southwest feel, then I put the pearl on and it became really classy southwest kind of thing. So that gives you an idea of the blue...my feeling about it.

I keep thinking about that fixed to a large canvas of the same kind of painting...don't ask me why because I have no idea why that is in my head!

I am glad you don't want to leave things undone. You know Dianne said the other day that blogs really get some seriously good input on problems or ideas. I have been thinking about that, too...it is kind of like having a studio where you don't have people breathing down your back, but just there for a reference when you want them to be! LOL...now how bad does that sound? It is meant affectionately, believe me!

Thanks Babs...keep visiting...I love your comments so much!

Want another hug? Here you go! Hug, Hug, Babs! :)

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Never heard of samplar pads or canvases. Am I missing something?
Love your colors.
I have been thinking of Suki all day and hope they are OK.

Andrea and Kim said...

Hi Cris,

These are just small pads of different canvases you might be thinking of using. If you look at the image of the pad it tells you what this one has in it. Usually they are used, I think, for artist to test out different styles of canvas before they invest in expensive stretched ones. I think I paid less than $2 for this pad of 10 pieces of canvas. At the time, I wondered what I am thinking, but now I am glad I have it and will probably purchase other ones.

I have been thinking of Suki a lot, too. I know she has a lot to deal with right now, though.

Now, here is a Hug for you, too, Cris!

Unknown said...

Love the conversations here:) and all the hugging, So stapling canvas can be a pain in the po po (LOL)?
The indigo looks so like deep water, and universum, I like this colour a lot! Looking forward to what you'll do with this!

Andrea and Kim said...

Hello Andrea,

I love the conversations here too...giving hugs is lots of fun.

Ha ha ha... maybe it is also a pain in the ass! I don't know because it is one thing I have never actually done. Right now, I am not sure my hands would cooperate with me in trying to stretch my own canvases. I am attracted to painting on raw canvas which means I would have to do that, however.

The indigo is really a neat color. I am really attracted to these very deep hues with the blue undertones. I am not sure why...maybe it is the water element or the dark sky.

I am also looking forward to seeing what happens with this little bit.

Have a Really Wonderful Day, Andrea. Would you like another hug? Here you go! Hug!