Yesterday was my sister's birthday & I made her a GIANT painting for her present!
I loved making this piece - because it allowed me to repurpose an old painting that I was SO SICK OF. I'd had this guy:
hanging in our hallway for FOR.EV.ER.
It was a painting I had made in the summer between my junior & senior year at VCU and while I was proud of what it stood for (it was one of my first real explorations into feminist theory & experimenting with autobiographical elements in my work) - the overall piece just wasn't my piece of pie anymore. But I held onto it because it just felt wrong to get rid of something so massive (over 4' long), beautifully framed by Rick's Custom Frame + Gallery for my first ever solo show in 2011, and something that had a lot of potential to be really cool.
Well when my sister's birthday was quickly approaching and she was talking about how much her and her hubby wanted some artwork for their bedroom....I finally decided it was time to give it a makeover.
I removed the oval & small circle canvases (and the velcro attaching them to the wood), this part was TOUGH! After that everything went pretty easily. I coated it with different shades of grey & beige and let it dry overnight.
The next day I added in deep blue and as those areas dried I started inking in little details. I wanted elements from the old painting to shine through a bit so not everything was covered. There was a lot of scratching through new paint to get to the old.
Here's how it turned out!
Covering up old paintings is one of my favorite things to do because it provides SO much texture for the new painting. This piece was extra special because it had so many layers in so many different mediums. From wood and paper to acrylic, ink and even some thread - there's a lot of elements that reveal themselves to you the longer you look.
So the next time you're thinking of ditching one of the paintings that you're not a fan of anymore - consider covering it in a fresh coat of paint instead! Let it's old personality show through while you spice it up and really cool things can happen :)
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