On Thin Ice
This will be quick. I’m getting later and later in the day with my posts, and if I don’t get this written soon, it’s going to be tomorrow.
Today was rather non-productive. It was sleeting most of the day, and I watched as ice accumulated on the lawn and glazed over the rose bushes. We are just in the southern edge of the ice storm that’s blowing through, so it remains to be seen how much ice will build up here.
Today I had a large giclee print to sign and return to a publisher, which meant I needed a Fedex pickup. The roads were passable on through the afternoon, but I worried about the Fedex guy after he left here. He was bundled up from head to toe, so he looked warm. I felt bad that I had to get them out here today, but of course I’m not the only one sending stuff, even in my little remote neighborhood.
The picture is a combination of two photographs from parts of the buildup of paint on my art table, which is covered with freezer paper. Then I played with the colors in PhotoShop Elements.
I’m going to keep the freezer paper taped down on the table until it gets a lot of paint buildup. When it’s ready to be replaced, I plan to transfer some of the paint passages from the paper onto another surface as part of new art. This can be done easily by just putting it face down over a smooth acrylic-painted substrate and ironing it on a warm setting. This works on paper, wood, and gessoed masonite. Anything with not much tooth. I’ll show that here in the blog when I do it. But I do like the idea of just photographing it in place. There are thousands of possibilities.
If you’re anywhere near this big winter storm, stay safe and warm.