A couple of months ago, I was inspired by Kelly Rae’s post about her large collaborative painting. I haven’t done a painting recently, not since we moved. So back then I started a large canvas 40cm x 120cm to go above our bed in the bedroom. It has sat there for the past few months on the easel in the garage.
Then when I went on my trip to Melbourne – I picked up a copy of Kelly Rae’s book – Taking Flight. In the book she takes ideas from contributing artists and incorporates it into her own work. The project incorporating ideas of Judy Wise gave me an a-ha moment. My unfinished canvas was about to come into its own.
This afternoon, I painted it some more and then added some chalk to the areas that I had applied impasto gel medium.
I wanted to incorporate things that were significant to both Ken and I. Music is something that we share. So I traced the outline of one of Ken’s guitars with charcoal.
Then using a graphite pencil I wrote the words one of my favourite Lennon and McCartney song’s – Blackbird – on the canvas. This idea was taken from Kelly Rae’s book.
I haven’t finished it yet – I still need to put the black bird in there. I’ll be sure to post an update when I finish the canvas. I can’t wait to finish it and hang it above the bed.