Creating LARGE art is my absolutely favourite because of the enormity of it! It feels risky and exciting to stand before thousands of square inches and know that it will be transformed by trusting the process.
I purchased a prestretched 7 x 3 ft canvas and it sat in the hallway for about a month before I splashed some paint on it…. Literally. That risky and exciting canvas is also intimidating! So, splashing paint or swiping a brush around with no purpose takes away the power of the blank canvas.” I now own it. I'm now ready to lean in to what is ready to come through me.
This painting was intended for the 2018 Pride Art Show in London, Ontario, and I wanted to talk about Freedom by including what I call “ghost words.” Ghost words are words that make up a background of a painting for me, but are kind of hard to see. The only thing is…. I didn’t think of this idea until after the art was already WELL underway! So, my background ghost words were actually one of the last things added to the painting! I got to it and added word after word, thinking about the things that people who may not be free would be yearning for.
What does freedom mean to me?
Submitting this BIG piece to be part of the London Pride Art Show was a bit nerve wracking this year, and I got it in just in time! Of course it was accepted, and I shouldn’t have been sweating. Whew! The opening night we took the whole family and the girls had a blast making lists about the art (and eating!!!). I love having my family as part of this adventure and it makes my heart swell to see them enjoying it too!
Thankful for these blessings.
“Freedom” is 36 inches by 86 inches and is a mixed media piece with acrylic, latex, twine, string, plaster, and gloss varnish on stretched canvas.