I’ve been working on painting some flags this week. USA Flags. I can’t say for certain that the brouhaha in the NFL got it going for me or if it was watching the stunning series on Vietnam and then walking through the Vietnam War memorials to soldiers killed or missing ~ soldiers from our county. During that same visit to our Veteran’s Museum, I happened to find myself standing beside a painted Flag done on old newspaper and with lovely strokes and color. A really nice piece. I just know I wanted to paint some and started a couple and then a third ~ in different sizes.
It’s harder than I thought to paint a USA Flag. This isn’t my first time, either. I just didn’t give it much thought before. ~ many years ago I drew and colored one for my classroom so my middle school students could say the Pledge and look at something appropriate. Sometimes it takes a while for supplying a new classroom to catch up with state law. Anyway, I just did it... I didn’t have anything riding on it except teasing from my kids so it took about ten minutes and done. Well, I’ve been trying to paint these Flags for over a week now. OVER.A.WEEK. It’s red, it’s blue, a rectangle, some stripes and stars. Should be simple. But, the proportions are tricky and getting the exact right blue mixed is a bit of a challenge and those stripes need to be even, but not “stiff” so they’ve have a little movement to them and keeping the white... well, white ~ because it doesn’t take more than a smidgen of blue or red to mess that all up. And the stars. I don’t even want to get myself going on how hard it is to get all those stars in that space evenly and have them not look like blobs. Well, it is for me anyway.
So, these flags I’m working on are sitting here with the wrong blue and some really sketchy stars (which I’ve painted over four or five times now) ~ not good. I’m not giving up (because generally, I don’t do that); but, I had to do something else for a little while.
I did finish one painting that I believe is completely finished and I like it. I painted it because I haven’t been able to finish a similar one I’m doing for my son.
I keep thinking I'll finish with the Tree of Life paintings (never the suns!) but I just keep painting and painting them. I feel a post about this coming...
So, here’s why I paint on the back of the canvas: when I get “stuck”, I turn it over and paint the back.
And I can put these paintings in plate holders and change them around often. I can put art on the porch. Or I can lean one on a table, a window sill, or the mantel. And when it’s picked up and turned over, there’s more art on the back ~ the art that I did to try out colors or play or get my head unstuck.
These are tiny paintings ~ another reason I LOVE canvas board (I paint tiny stretched canvas too, but I like canvas board so much better for the little ones). I'm not done with Arizona mountains and sunsets yet either, apparently.
Some of these will go to the shop and a few of them are sold already. Some will go in the “Lily & GranKat Gallery”. And some will sit in a pile until I break through to a place I can finish them. But they will all be “finished” on the back.
Some paintings are so special they must have a lovely handmade frame and mat. This one, by Lily is one of four paintings I've framed. All of them hers.
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