A few months back, the Coast Collective Gallery had a black and white ball fundraiser. They asked some of the participating gallery artists to create a picture on a 12 x 12 canvas that could be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the gallery.
What many people do not know or realize, is that the gallery is now under the auspices of the Society for the Arts in the South Island (SASI)and relies heavily on the participation of many artist volunteers and just a few paid staff (who do a marvelous job and really get a pittance for the hours they put in and what they do!). So if we want to do anything at all in/at the Gallery, it takes $$$ to bring it into fruition.
Well I am no painter as most of you know, so I chose to do something a little different with some things I had on hand. This was the result.
|Shinju (The Pearl)|
It's somewhat difficult to see but the texture from the modeling paste on the canvas is absolutely marvelous! Just slap it on a canvas and mess with it... old combs, toothbrushes, sticks... whatever is in reach on your art table. All you need to do once it is dry... leave it for at least 24 hours... is paint it.
The branches are painted black and then a small cherry blossom with a pearl glued in the middle is attached to the branches. It would make a wonderful gift for someone who likes simplicity in art and loves the dignified beauty of "Japanese stuff"... art, stories, kimonos... like I do! Give this idea or something similar a try... you can have it done in time for Christmas.