For quite a while, I've been incorporating spray paint into my paintings, mostly just as an accent: a row of numbers here, some backward letters there.
|I use Liquitex and Montana Gold sprays.|
This is a rainbow of deliciousness right here.
A few months ago, during one of those 'ugh! I can't get over this horrible creative block!' moments, I challenged myself to paint a quick portrait of Toby using only acrylic spray paint in hopes of awakening the sleeping muse. The rules: use anything I could put my hands on for stencils and masks (tape, manila folders, mylar, my fingers) to create the shapes but no paintbrushes, oil sticks or any medium except spray paint.
The painting only took me 8ish hours, which in Front Door Studios time equals, like, 20 minutes (!) and YES it was a great sledge hammer for that block. I am super happy with the way it turned out.
|Pop Art Toby|
30 x 40
acrylic on canvas
The sister happened to mention that Toby's portrait was her new favorite, so, for her Birthday this month, I painted a portrait of her black cat, Marley. I am now her favorite sibling*.
|Pop Art Marley|
30 x 30
acrylic on canvas
I am having a blast creating these Graffiti Portraits. With every shake of the can, my hidden badboy emerges; I imagine myself sneaking out in the night, dressed in black, a well-worn bandana holding back my locks, to tag the night train that just pulled into the station......these imaginings have NOTHING to do with the paint fumes that are accumulating in the studi.... oh look, a pink rabbit!
|my street name...|
influenced by my grandma name, Mimzy.
"People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish...
but that's only if it's done properly."
Banksy, Wall and Piece
*I am her ONLY sibling.