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"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings." George Tooker

This is the painting I finished a few days ago and was going to post yesterday but decided to add a few more highlights and shadows. It is titled "Honey, I'm Home".
Started it last week while hubby was out of town, hence the painting and title, I GUESS? I like the textures. This was an old collage that I never really liked so I threw some paint on it thinking I would turn it into an abstract piece. It didn't
want to be an abstract, so after the paint dried I applied tissue paper with gel medium and made sure it had ALOT of wrinkles in the paper to add texture and also to try and hide the previous collage elements. After the gel medium dried I painted this picture. To make the silhouette stand out a bit more I cut him out of an old map and glued him down; covered him with a nice coat of gel medium, let it dry, then
painted. I used my finger to wipe the paint off his chest in the shape of a heart,
exposing the map underneath. With the gel medium covering the map it was easy to swipe the paint back off.

Sorry if I haven't visited blogs much this week. This is the sinus infection from hell and it doesn't want to leave. Starting a NEW antibiotic today. Hopefully this one will do the trick.
Live your life creatively~
c

Comments

Janine said…
Hi Cathy, I found your blog by lucky chance and I do love your artwork. You are so talented.
I simply have to become a follower ;-)
Happy easter
Janine
Cathy Mendola said…
Why thank you Janine! I will have to come over and check your blog.
Happy Easter to you also!
Terri Kahrs said…
Cathy, I LOVE the texture in this piece! The way you did the figure out of maps and formed the little heart is just so clever!

I'm SO sorry to hear that you're still in the grip of that nasty infection. Hopefully the new drugs will work wonders. BIG, Huge, Healing Hugs! Terri xxoxooxo
Aimeslee said…
oh girl, sorry to hear you have a sinus thing. i hate those! get well!
Jo in NZ said…
Love the heart/map. Love that you recycle something you don't like into something you do.
Cool!
Janine said…
Hi Cathy, thank you for leaving a message.
I will post more of my artwork on my blog, but I don´t have any other sites.
It´s just "joinjanine".
So join in!
Happy easter
Janine
carla said…
Cathy - this is really a striking and beautiful piece! I enjoyed reading about its evolution:) I also love your tags below (and the Anais Non quote - one of my favorites). You have a treasure trove of beauty here:)

carla
Susan Tuttle said…
How lovely this piece is -- I am so attracted to the shadow -- my eyes go right there.

Thank you for the kind words on Exhibition 36!
Cathy Mendola said…
Hello dear friends! Thank you for all the lovely comments. Sorry I've still been out of commission. On top of the killer sinus issue, my internet modem DIED...I did not realize I've
become SO dependent on my computer! It's been just horrible. Made the illness seem worse!
Anyway, still without modem but I've stolen a few moments on my husband's laptop from work! hehehe
Hopefully our new modem will arrive TODAY and I'll be back in the land of blog ASAP!!
hugs to all
cathy
Stunning, just stunning, Cathy. So beautifully done!

I hope everything goes better tomorrow and you have a wonderful weekend and feel much better.

marsha
Cathy Mendola said…
thanks marsha! have a great weekend yourself.
hopefully i'll get around to visiting blogs this weekend.
José said…
Hi,

Really good work with a well chosen palette and a good composition.
It might look nice to she the heart's white reflected on the floor (if having a big area on the floor, of course). But then again it might ruin the composition.

Best regards,

José
Chad Wallace said…
Great quote! And a beautiful painting.

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