So a couple o' weeks ago. On our way to see X-men ‘days of future past’. Oh, and as a huge X-men fan I was a little disappointed and thought they could have done more i.e. Wolverine/Colossus cannonball special- pretty much where Petey hucks Wolverine 'claws out' at the Sentinels, I mean c’mon, that would have been the tits!
I’m gonna stop geeking out on that, ‘cuz this is not a film review site or comic book nerd barrack.
…so, to continue…whist driving my crew and I spot this painting on road, lying on the side in the trash for garbage pick up the next day.
As I am usually on the lookout for this kind of thing to bolster my inventory of solid frames to re-stretch and paint my madness on. I hawk this thing, mostly because of its size and striking color palette. 28”x60”-ish and light purple/green abstract composition.
“Whoa…Pull over and grab that painting. I’m a gonna re-stretch dat sombitch!” We snag it and dump it into the car.
After the flick, which was a lot cheaper than I imagined. Forgot that it was matinee also the Starplex theaters' food court is stupid cheap -$1 hot dogs (I know barfy…but whatever, $1 hot dogs y’all!) score! We had never gone there before and found the re-vamp of what was once Loews Cineplex, pretty amazing. The full size motorized leather recliners (per person- what!) have made this place our NEW go-to movie viewing location.
What was I saying? Oh yeah, so after we got back I put this thing on Bucephelous(my outdoor easel) and was prepping to strip and re-canvas this thing.
Looking at it and muttering to myself...“What we have here is...failure to communicate.”
Actually, maybe not. This is an elegant concept that needed a little tweaking. I liken this project to the scene in Tim Burton’s Batman where the Joker and his crew runs around the Gotham Museum vandalizing/slashing paintings.
About to knife Francis Bacon’s “Figure with Meat”-1954 , Joker uses his cane to halt his henchmans’ blade and says, "I kind of like this one, Bob. Leave it.”
Addressing the dog watching me paint -"Yeah, I kinda like this one, Luna (My nieces' chihuahua) I think I'll leave it." Unimpressed, she continues to yelp at it incessantly - tiny art critic.
What I think the artist was trying to represent (in abstraction) a blade of grass or something. I could see where they were going. Simple line structure using thick paint and texture effect to add interest to the basic shapes. Not bad. The color palette was a little too pale and it needed a bit more going on in the background. But for some reason, the play from the composition, it's color range and negative spaces interested me.
So rather than throwing some robot madness on this hapless canvas void - I thought I would try and more fully realize the attempt in my own fashion. Hope the artist doesn’t mind - I mean it was IN the garbage so I’m thinking…no.
I upped the vibrancy(is this a term? whatever-I think it's a Photoshop option- I'm using it.), added texture and detail via color rather than the impasto effect that was originally used. Which, to be honest, kinda made it look like a Lifetime channel home art project. Except that the frame was really solid and the canvas was like 20oz cotton duck. (go figure)
The image now seems to resonate better within its size and shape…at least to me.
Since I already have enough paintings crammed into my already limited space. If anyone wants it and is willing to pick it up (this bitch is BIG)…its yours, just send me an email…cheers!