After seeing how the community came together to help with the tornado recovery, and now dealing with the virus, I had this idea to create a work of art that was completed by a larger community. Once it is completed, I will show it along with my other paintings in a future exhibit (tbd).
I’ve been hinting on this idea today on my social media feeds, so I figured I would go ahead and share what details I have worked out so far. Tomorrow, I’ll post a video explaining it more. Please know that this is a work in progress and some things may change. The main thing is, we will have some fun and make some art:)
Here’s the backstory: I’ve been working on a lot of smaller pieces lately. This started as an exercise which would allow me to make use of all my time. I need something that I could do kinda quickly on days where I’m in between larger projects. As I’ve been working on the smaller pieces I’ve really started seeing lots of possibilities for them. I’m playing with composition, colors, and textures, plus I’m having a lot of fun because they don’t take very long to complete. One downfall to my process is not getting any feedback until I get toward the later stages. On larger works, I can’t see if the color choices I’ve made are working or not until I am at the stage where I remove the paper. The smaller pieces allow quicker results and its not that big of a deal if it isn’t perfect. Once you put a lot of them together, they have a totally different look, and any imperfections don’t stand out.
As I was in the studio the other day, I was thinking of the workshop I have planned for April, and wondered if it would be canceled due to the Covid-19 virus. Well, I was planning on putting a quick video of the basic steps, just to kind of give those interested an idea of what the class would be. But now I’m thinking I will incorporate a kit option, so anyone can work along with me, from wherever that are:)
For now I have decided to limit this piece to 100 participants.
Anyone who wants to participate can do so.
No special skills are required. I’ll be posting a video showing how this will work, and different variations, so you can see if you are capable of doing these techniques. Please feel free to send me questions if you are unsure.
This will be a ‘pay what you can‘ project ($10 or more if possible) I know some folks are not able to pay anything right now, and thats ok.
A kit will be shipped to you containing 2 panels with beeswax, template paper, magazine paper, and sandpaper.
With my instruction, you will create two small paintings. In return for my online demonstration/class you will send the other small painting back to me, so I can include it into the larger piece. You can keep the other for yourself or give it as a gift.
To sign up for this project I will need you to send me your name and mailing address, which you can do through my contact form on my website or you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made by Venmo or PayPal. Both accounts can be found by my email address.
That’s all for now. I’ll be sharing this link tonight and then sharing a video tomorrow. So, if you want in on this project, get your address to me quickly. I only have enough panels for 100 participants and it will be done on a first come first severed. I’ll update shipping date as soon as I get all packing materials together. I hope to ship kits out early next week, and start putting out the live demonstration videos soon after.And don’t worry, I’ll try to do several videos, at different time slots, so everyone can watch me live.
Thanks for reading my long explanation of this project. And if you don’t mind, please share this info. I would love to get all 100 participants signed up as soon as possible so we can work on these small paintings together in the next week or so.
Be safe out there! Sincerely, RLP