Okay. I had sooooooo much fun with this! I was in danger of "eating my painting". Meaning overworking it. I could have gone on forever. I just loved the malleable aspects of the Sharpie pens. If you do it on unfinished canvas cloth then you can get all sorts of dry brush effects, along with the think applications that you associate with markers. Plus! They're transparent and you can layer them! What more could you want? Well, I'm hoping for permanence. I did a test a while back with them. I drew a marker on a scrap of canvas and left it out in the brilliant sun for a few days and I couldn't see any difference. So I feel like it should be great in the house. Plus if it does fade I can paint over it with paint. It's canvas, right? Why not.
What I like about this is that it almost gives a stained glass quality to it. Flipping it on the wrong side it looks pretty interesting too.
I have to do more of these!!!!! Hope you like it!
Now, I find that honesty is the best policy. I found a photo of the birds on the internet. So, if I wanted to make a million dollars on this design I would have to get permission from the photographer. I'm not planning on doing that. But if I did want to do that I would have to just redo this and use a photo of some birds that I took myself or get the required permission.
Ooooooh! Now the very fun part! I love working with Sharpies on canvas. By the way-this is just unprepared canvas material that I bought at the fabric shop. There's no sense using expensive prepped stuff. Anyway, I love doing this and I think Chris likes it too. I was sure to include lots of his favorite color, yellow, so he'll enjoy having it on the table for a while. Then when I'm sick of it-I can do another. I know. It would be easier to just go buy some material with a print on it but it wouldn't be as fun, would it?
The new project! Have you ever heard of a painting that sits in the middle of the table? Neither had I. I Googled it and I can find fabric on the table but no actual paintings. So this will go in the middle and I'm going to do it with Sharpies, again-just like my calendar and shoes I did a few years back. So imagine a vase, plant or something in the center. It will have a protective finish-just in case. I'm playing around with this and intend on having fun!
So, if you look back a few posts you'll see this painting as I was starting to fix it. I sure like it a lot better now and I'm calling it done-finally! I could still pick at it but I think I'll be "eating my painting" as my mom used to say. It just feels a lot better to me. Now for my next one...........
Here it is! This is the painting that I gave to the garbage man! I am so mad at myself! Remember I said I tried to fix it after too many years and I messed it up. Why, oh why, didn't I just cut out the part with Chris and the car? Better yet-why didn't I just stick it in a corner and let it be? But nooooooo-I just couldn't leave it alone. I should have ignored the fact that the landscape didn't fully match the cabin area. Dummy! I really like it. "Garbage Man, wherever you are, I would love to get this painting back!" Well, that's not going to happen. Do you think there's a website for all the garbage men that ever was? Probably not.
So, let this be a lesson to all of you out there. Don't pitch a painting that has sentimental value and good elements in it!
close up "Young Chris and the Rocket" - Julie Jacobsen
Well, these pics aren't very great because I just couldn't get this to focus right but I'll have to get a professional to do it or something. Anyway, this is the part, at least, that I should have kept.
By the way, this is Chris in high school, I think. It's a photo I borrowed from his friend. See his red hair! The Rocket was an old car that was his dad's. I just can't believe that they drove this thing into the Uintah Mountains in the winter time! He said the tires were so bad they had to load the trunk with spares because they would get so many flat tires on the way there. The hand gesture was a typical "Chris mannerism". I haven't seen him do it for years but he used to all the time. By the way-this is a composite composition. That's why I didn't know how the landscape looked. I just had 2 separate photos of the cabin and Chris. I had only been to this cabin once years before and couldn't remember what it all looked like. I painted this for him as a surprise when we were dating. Here comes another lesson: never give someone a surprise party when you're dating and don't really know how they feel about these things. He was not a happy boy at all....ha ha!
Just like I talked about yesterday: Here's the first painting that I'm fixing. Actually it looks pretty good because I didn't want to post a pic of how it looked before. I'll tell you how it looked. It looked flat and dullsville. See the purply looking flowers at the bottom? Those are the ones that I was too lazy to paint right 7 years ago. But I liked the colors and general feel of the painting-so I framed it and hung it on our bathroom wall. So for 7 years it's been bugging me! Just last week we decided to rip off all the wallpaper in the bathroom (a huge job) and the painting came down. Now's my perfect opportunity to do something with this painting.
I'll post another pic when I do some more. I know I should have shown you the "before pic" but just look at the bottom and you can imagine how it looked without that. You've got a good enough imagination, right?
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