Friday, June 12, 2009

"Florida Shore"

"Florida Shore" is a 6"x12" acrylic collage on a 3/4" cradled panel that I stained the sides for a finished look. It is funny how much more work often goes into a piece than looks like. This one has papers and grass from my mountain. I embedded them and then later sanded the top layer off where just the impression is left in some areas. Then I went back over it with a color and sanded again. It seemed to be the only way to get the look I wanted. I'm noticing that the more I work at my craft the less I want it to be OF the subject, but more ABOUT the subject. This leaves much room for interpretation, which I think most artists crave! My fellow blogger Elizabeth Seaver (the latest contest winner to boot) talked about this very thing in her blog today. So, this simple little piece has not so simple methods involved; but fun of course!

When I took this picture I was in Florida for a friends wedding. She actually got married on one of those day ships. I was a bridesmaid and my dress was a knock off of a dress that was worn by the evil diva Alexis Estes on the popular show of the day "Dallas". Gold shiny and a big ole slit up the side. What I remember most of that trip was walking down those really skinny hallways on the ship and old men opening their doors and pinching me on the rear! What a thing to remember! I have yet to go on a cruise since then! After the wedding we went to the beach and ran about in the sand. Fun times! So, old picture, but new painting. Ain't life grand!

3 comments:

Watercolorist said...

It was interesting to read how you created this lovely piece. I love experimenting but have never tried collage. Maybe one day. Nice results.
Jean

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Thank you miss Jean...I heartily recommend it...I find it quite refreshing and inspirational!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hah! You made me laugh with your Dallas/cruise ship memories. So funny.

I think this work is really lovely. So peaceful. It is interesting how much goes into even the simplest of subjects. Thanks for talking about your process. I love hearing that.

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