While letting the portrait of Jen and Chris sit and simmer (as opposed to rushing in and ruining it), I'm doing 2 other things. Here is one...
Yep, it's a sewer grate. The photo was taken at the Cincinnati Zoo. I thought it would make an interesting painting. Odd, I know, but I'm not the only one who thinks such things would make interesting paintings. We artists are a strange bunch and find beauty in things most people wouldn't even notice, right? And they may be disappearing...police recently captured 2 men who were stealing sewer grates and selling them for scrap. I guess there is copper in them and nothing made of copper is safe. Of course, the business that bought the grates (25 in all!!!!) weren't punished.
I began it by just splattering and throwing masking fluid/miskit around and then doing the same with the first bits of color (after drawing in the grate, of course.
Slowly building up color and shape and trying to get the little sections to read more depressed into the sidewalk (no, it wasn't blue and violet but I used my artistic license to change the coloring - you can do that, you know.)
The splattering of masking fluid and paint helped to loosen me up when I was getting tight with the portraits (yes, I'm still working on the Lucky Numbers portraits...slowly but surely. I've found I really have to be in a positive mood to do a portrait.)
Calling this one: Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This.
(Wonder if that's what the sewer grate thieves are saying now that they are behind bars? Hope the bars aren't made of copper!)