When I was growing up, my parents would pack our luggage and my sibs and I into the station wagon with them for summer vacations. We would drive from our Midwestern home to the coast or up north. At lunch time, we would pull over at a rest stop, get out the cooler and picnic basket and mom would make sandwiches and give us Kool-Aid in little Dixie cups (pre-Solo red cup days). If it was dinner time and we had not yet made it to our motel destination (Holiday Inn was our motel chain of choice), we’d pick up a bucket of KFC, stop at another rest area, set up a picnic table with a plastic tablecloth, plastic utensils and mom would prepare a tossed green salad, with our choice of dressings she had packed in advance.
My father always said that our favorite road trip phrase was, “Are we there yet?” He also said that my sister and I just had to stop and see what every restroom from here to there looked like. I never thought much about how the restroom looked; I just had a small bladder. One of my favorite older movies is “The Hellfighters” starring John Wayne and Jim Hutton (Timothy Hutton’s dad).
When Wayne, as Chance Buckman, is injured he takes a desk job on the board of an oil company and is bored senseless. At one point, he’s in a meeting where a marketing guy is showing options for remodeling the restrooms of the company’s gas stations explaining that blue is calming, red is elegant, and green is… I don’t remember what. As a kid, I thought it was the oddest thing that this group of business men were discussing what color the restrooms should be at their stations. I wondered if this was what my dad did at work and thought that his job was pretty dumb if he did.
Fast forward to today and my dilemma with my latest art project… are we done yet?
I’m not one to plan “spring cleaning” but for some unknown reason this past Sunday I decided that the drawers and medicine cabinet in the bathroom needed to be purged. Everything came out and then only those items I’ve used in the past year were returned, neatly and organized… at least for now.
I had seen from another WordPress blogger the reference to YouTube videos by Jennings644 called New Projects. The video shows how she took trinkets, adhered them to canvas and misted, sprayed and painted them. I imagined that she had either been collecting these type trinkets for years or had spent a bundle purchasing them. Here’s the link to the video I watched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2pTj64xnvw
So inspired, I glued the items I had planned to throw out onto an 18×24″ canvas, covered everything with gesso, and once dry used Glimmer Mist and Art Anthology Colorations sprays to create an ombre effect from black at the top, transitioning to blue and then purple at the bottom. I was trying to decide whether it was finished or not and thought about pouring Glam glitter paint in running drips on it but was afraid I might ruin the effect because I really liked it as it was. So, I made a similar piece on a small 11×14″ canvas gluing odds and ends from around the house onto the canvas, covering them with gesso, and then spraying the canvas with Glimmer Mist: green on the left, blue in the middle and red on the right. Once dry, I dribbled on color-coordinated Glam glitter paint and decided I liked the effect. So, I went back to my original dark canvas and added Glam drips to it, too.
I’ve decided the smaller canvas looked like a person’s head so have titled it “Monkey Brain” because I always have all these things (or junk) flying around in my head and it depicts that in me. The larger canvas I have titled “Articles de toilette de courrier-Apocolypse” (or “Post-Apocolypse Toiletries”). I then had Shad at ChromeDigital, on Kettner near the Airport area of San Diego, take photos and mount them on gator board.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the result. I’m quirky, they’re quirky. What’s not to love, right?