Patti Edmon Altered Attic

Friday, May 21, 2010



What is it about changing substrates that can make the same processes and techniques feel totally different. I've been focused on mixed media journals for months now; I don't know if it's the cost factor or the functionality. Working on something 'usable' made it easy to experiment, dive in, without any worries about outcome. And the low cost made for a non-existent risk factor.
Making the leap to even a smallish canvas, one that cost more than half-dozen journals and has no purpose other than hanging on the wall, has proven to be a block. I've collaged and painted tons of smaller pieces - board, tins, oversized puzzle pieces - but this is my first 'large' canvas, though it's only 10 x 10.
My DH is the opposite, most of his works are at least 2' wide. I look at my little tubs of Golden acrylics, dimensional paints, media, packets of glitter, rub-ons... my painting supplies last such a long time, a single 4' x 4' canvas would put a major dent in my stash in no time.
For now I'm happy with 10" pieces and will move up to 12" soon with a show coming in mid August. The Grid Show at New Editions Gallery is scheduled to coincide with the World Equestrian Games and each artist is contributing 3 - 4 pieces that are a minimum of 12" square. This is good practice:)

14 comments:

Sue M said...

Good luck Patti with the 12" looks like you're already on the way with the lovely 10'.Always nice to read your blog - mine's coming soon, can't say when, but it's on the horizon, thanks to your - and others - inspiration.

Diane said...

Hi Patti, I am so happy that I found your blog. I'm your newest follower! I love your work and this piece is exceptional!!

Healing Woman said...

You are so right about the larger pieces costing a bundle. I use cheap paints, meaning the liquid folk art acrylics for larger pieces usually but will start a huge canvas soon and use oils. I know I'm in for a major investment in this one.

I love your journals and the texture you use.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I bought some 8 X 10 canvases recently. They aren't even gallery wrapped. I got them at 40% off and they were still over the top expensive. I really like this piece. I think it looks rather flower power meets steampunk.

jill Zaheer said...

Funny how everything is so relative. I've really only worked on canvases that were larger than 12"- with the exception of a few tiny pieces. But I've read that there are many people who use pizza boxes, cereal boxes- all sorts of things to paint on. I presume you can even go to the thrift shop and see if they have very cheap paintings on canvas that you can paint over. Love the colors or your new work- the center reminds me of a beautiful ladybug! Looking closely - I can see lots of add on materials and ephemera- creating so much beautiful texture!

Oxana said...

This piece is gorgeous!!!
Hugs
Oxana

B.Held said...

Just fantastic!

Oxana said...

Hi Patti! Thank you very much for your comment!!! I`ve got the translation button in my blog...
Hugs
Oxana

La Dolce Vita said...

I don't know how I missed your post, dear Patti but here I am ... finally!! I really like this piece! and I am so glad that you will be gradually working larger!! I know I buy used canvas at good will and a lot of my paints and brushes at garage sales so I feel very free to experiment with larger sizes. congrats on the show in August! mine is in july, we will have to catch up later after all the work is done!! xoxxo
ps hope you are feeling well!!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Patti Dear ~
You have been creating so many beautiful things ~ I love the way you are branching out with your painting! Your paintings are looking so wonderful! XO ~ Katie

Queen Bee said...

Love your art! It is ALL fabulous!

Emz said...

Very beautiful.

Susan Tuttle said...

i am enjoying the soft, spring colors and theme of this wonderful piece!

Mara Spires said...

this piece is just GORGEOUS!!!

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