Hi you guys! Bet you weren’t expecting to see an acrylic painting here today, right? Well, for the next five weeks I’m going to be getting painty in an online class with Lisa Congdon and Mati Rose called Get Your Paint On! Yeah! (I missed out on it last year and I was so bummed. Registration is closed for this class, but you can sign up to be informed of upcoming classes on their blog.) Don’t worry, I’ll still be getting stampy, too!
I love Lisa’s work so much — and not just because her name is Lisa, either! I first found out about her while browsing at a bookshop in Tokyo. I actually didn’t buy the book at the time because I bought too many other crafty books — and I told myself that I needed a book about San Francisco kitchens written in Japanese like I needed a hole in the head. But, that book stayed on my mind! (That’s Lisa on the cover.)
Fast forward a few years to when I was visiting my friend Mon in San Francisco. We were at a bookstore in Japantown and I mentioned the book to her and she knew exactly what one I meant. So of course it had to be mine. :)
Then Lisa did something amazing (well, everything she does is amazing, really!) and photographed a collection a day — every day for a whole year. She took photos of erasers, party favors, and even bread ties. So cool. Of course when Uppercase published a book with each collection I had to order a signed copy from Lisa.
Okay, so now you know why I was so excited to take this class, right? Right!
Our first assignment was to do a painting inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are just amazing! I created a pinterest board if you’d like to see some inspiration.
Since this was my first acrylic painting in a really (really!) long time, I decided to make a simple quilt and play with color mixing. (Colors are Golden’s titanium white, hansa yellow, pyrrole red, ultramarine blue and my favorite cobalt teal!) It was so relaxing and fun.
I had picked up an unloved package of nine 4×4″ canvases at a thrift shop for only 99 cents, so I wasn’t too worried about messing up. And! I’m hoping to make a few more Gee’s Bend inspired canvases and then hang them all together.
It’s hard to tell in the big photo, but I stamped the edges with Hero Art’s Envelope Pattern to add a little texture. You can kinda see it better in the second photo.
How about you? When was the last time you “got your paint on”?