Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy Painting Accidents

Oil on Canvas
By Johanna Spinks
12"x 16

$500, plus tax and shiping

Sunday morning, Perfect. Time to reflect on the week over a cup of Joe.

I love when you don't plan to do something but it just kinda happens. And turns rather out well. That was the story behind this sketch, done in oil, on canvas, not paper, a technique I have often seen Jeremy Lipking use. Boy, have I been lucky to be around him this last year.

My scheduled sitter didn't arrive Friday afternoon. I was a little frustrated having prep'd the canvas, mixed up my muted palette, cleaned my studio floor, and made sure my sweater was on with the label not inside out. You get the picture.

In frustration at waiting for my sitter, I grabbed a pic of this hip hop dancer that was lying around, picked up a brush, some raw umber and a sparkling new canvas board I wanted to try out. Oh yes, and a kneaded eraser for pulling out the lights.

Hey presto, an hour and a half later, this appeared like a  ghostly genie out of a bottle.


Shelley Smart said...

Happy accident, indeed! Happy New Year, Johanna! Shelley (no, I'm not painting!)

Marian Fortunati said...

Yep, yep and yep... I totally agree with Shelley... I turned out REALLY well.. and the "sitter" wouldn't have even cared if your sweater was on inside out and backwards.

(although I'm sad you're not painting, Shelley... are you using that camera that you manage to use so well??)