Dad has requested a couple of uniquely Australian artworks, so, with a long plane trip and limited space in mind,I've decided to work on a couple of light, small canvases.
While Ernie the emu here is not populating a terribly impressive photo, I think he'll make a presentable transfer...so that's my start point.
The canvases are primed with a coat of gesso, along with the last of the 'altered book collaboration' books, which I hope to be showing you soon, as well! (It's tiny!)
Now, I share this in the spirit of discovery and exploration...I really dislike how this is looking just now (not to mention how completely lame the writing is!), but my expectation is that when it's done, the writing will be mostly obliterated, and just the odd hint of it will remain. First, a layer of acrylic paint in this lovely warm rich colour, which should glow through the subsequent layers.
Canvas number two is receiving a slightly different treatment...torn scraps from an old Australian map, again with a coat of acrylic paint in that perfect colour (at least, I think it's perfect for what I'm shooting for).
I'm heading back to the studio now to add some more paint and layers - I think I'm aiming for a hot, desert-y, outback feeling in these pieces, and as I'm working on them, I'm remembering all we learned about aboriginal culture during our trip to the Centre...in particular that they have songs for so many of their stories, laws and customs; and that they've lost the song for singing the children back out of the "Devils Marbles", which is another story for another day.