|Eldest Son 20x15 Mixed Media on Illustration Board|
While stamping, tearing and gluing at the same art-making-party mentioned in the last post, I started this larger piece and finished it in the studio. My reference photo was a slide snapped in 1960, and I had planned to include things in the room like a vintage tv set, etc. but decided there was enough going on with all the blocks of pattern and the central figures. (You can see the beginnings of this one at the bottom of this post.) This art is available in my Etsy shop.
|Collage of rubber stamped paper all around a painted face|
|Loose & painterly; out of my comfort zone, but good exercise.|
|Reference photo and work in process|
|It's best to do these sorts of projects at someone else's house, |
because you make a huge mess. :)
|Layering painted and stamped paper behind a loose drawing|
to get things started. I used watercolor & gouache to paint the faces.
Social gatherings brought other teenagers to our home, and for the first time Sandy (Alexander Calder 1898-1976) and I became aware of the general attitude towards nudity. We were surprised and embarrassed for reasons we could not understand by the sly looks and salacious remarks of two boys from Ossining. Mortified, I went weeping to Mother, who tried earnestly but unsuccessfully to explain why charcoal drawings of nudes by my parents' friends Robert Henri and Everet Shinn were ART and therefore acceptable for living room display, whereas photographs of undressed persons were not. Having been surrounded by paintings and statues of unclothed figures all our lives, Sandy and I had never given the matter much thought. Suddenly, the attitudes of our new friends became all-important, and the next time they came, we took down the offending drawings and hid them behind the piano.
Margaret Calder Hayes ~Three Alexander Calders, 1977