After seeing the stencil/collage portraits that I'd done of my two daughters, a local woman contacted me to see if I'd do some similar pieces of her three daughters. Of course, I said yes!
I built cradled, 20" x 24" hardboard panels to use in this project. Each piece began with a collage background; I tried to use images that were significant somehow to each of the ladies. The remainder of the process was pretty much layering spray paint through stencils. I hand cut all of the stencils. Here are the finished pieces.
I'm extremely pleased with how these turned out, and I believe the client was equally pleased. Here's hoping this leads to more commissions in a similar vein. Fun project...
Between my last post and now, my family and I spent a fun week in Northern California. (Note: if you ever get a chance to spend some time in a redwood forest, do so--it's nothing short of magical.) Anyway, after getting back home, my time's been occupied by non-art stuff, so I apologize that it's been nearly a month since I've posted.
Below's my latest activity. It's not the most visually appealing post, but at least you know I've been doing something art-related. Yesterday and today I've been busy constructing some deep-cradled hardboard panels. They'll eventually be the substrate for paintings and/or collage. Yeah, I know I could buy these--but there's something satisfying about being able to make them by hand.
They're just constructed using pine frames and masonite. Other than mitering the corners of the frames and making sure everything's square, the most difficult part is using a router to trim the hardboard flush with the frame. I made five panels in the following sizes: 9 x 12", 10 x 20", 20 x 20", 20 x 24", and 24 x 24".
Just out of curiosity, I checked a popular on-line artist supply site to see how much these five hardboard panels would have cost me. It turns out I would have spent about $78--and that doesn't include shipping and handling. There you go--if at all possible, make it yourself.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.