Thursday, February 3, 2011

An Experiment To Calm My Nerves

Today was an incredibly stressful day.  My dear little pooch, Matilda, who is 12-years-old and suffering from congestive heart failure, became quite sick.  In short, barf-city.  In between my own panic attacks and holding her ears while she ralphed up her guts, I played with paint.  (I never said I was mature.)

If you refer to the blog entry below, you'll see that I've started playing with how to add texture to paint.  One way is to let a plastic bag dry on the wet paint.  Odd, but quite effective. When I removed the bag, I noticed that some of the paint from the bag had transfered into the painting.  It was a happy surprise as well as a trigger for today's experiment. 

Today I took a regular plastic bag from the grocery store (Westside Market, hollah!) and cut it up into sections.  I then painted a concentration of wet paint in the area I wanted the bag's print to transfer.  This is how the piece started:

And this is the final piece - 10 hours later:

I deconstructed the bag into many different parts and made a collage.  Needless to say, I'm very inspired by this and am now on the hunt for plastic bags with interesting prints/colors!  Thoughts on what stores you know that have great bags?  (PS - I know that asking for plastic bags is practically begging for an email from Green Peace or whatever organization that is eco friendly, but come on, it's in the name of art so it can't be all bad, right??)

Final note: Miss Matilda is better-ish.  After a ($171) vet visit, she has been diagnosed with having a virus.  (Possibly even contracting the stomach bug I had last weekend.)  She's very dehydrated but because of her heart condition they can not give her fluids.  So they gave her anti-nausea meds.  Now we hope and wait.  Tomorrow I can introduce food and water to her again and hope it stays inside her body.  Oy.

So do expect a crap load of art work coming up.  It's all I can do to keep my mind from wandering into that horrible place minds go when your elderly dog is sick.  

Matilda (aka Doodle Bug)


  1. I <3 this painting and I <3 that dog!!!



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