Jackie Griswold Art Blog
This summer I took a painting class at the community college where I teach in the human services program. In class we did a lot of still life paintings, and I learned a lot. However, I often felt very constrained by the assignments in class, so I knew my final project would move away from the order and structure of class.
This is the final project for my painting class. It__™s a 42″ square, as yet untitled. My inspiration was the dried paint on palette paper___it seemed wasteful to just throw it away, and sometimes the dried paint was really lovely in design. So I began saving my own palette papers, and rescuing the palette papers that other students had thrown away. Then I decided to soak the layers of dried paint off the wooden palettes in the painting studio. I wasn__™t sure what I was going to do with them, but I knew they__™d somehow be incorporated into my final project. The final project began with large, diagnonal blocks of the primary colors: yellow, red, and blue. I then added accent stripes in the complementary colors. Next came paper with typed out definitions of words: paint, collage, assemblage, abstract, abstract expressionism, recycle. Then I began layering on large pieces of dried paint off the palette boards, and smaller pieces off the palette papers. And then the layering of paint began. At times, I found it to be very chaotic, and at several points along the way, I was sure I__™d ruined it completely and would have to begin again. Eventually, it all came together, much to my surprise and delight. The next to the last layer is watered down silver paint, allowed to drip, and the final coat is a mix of gloss and gold shimmer medium.
All totaled, I probably spent at least 20 hours on this painting, not counting the drying time in between layers. Now I just need to find a place to hang it!