July 11, 2012

This is the fastest sale Josh ever made. This is how he starts his paintings. He does what we call a ‘base’coat. He chooses his color, puts it on a wet canvas. Sometimes he blows the color on with a squirt bottle. Sometimes he pours it on and then uses a sponge to move the color around. Sometimes he flicks or squirts globs of color on.

this time he used a very wet canvas, really loose paint, and he brushed it on with a big house brush. about a 3 inch brush. big and wide. Then he used a spray bottle to spray it with clear water and he let gravity move the paint.

He dried it flat. When my nephew saw it, he called me on the phone and said, “Don’t let Josh touch it. I want it just the way it is.” So we edged it, varnished it, and it’s going to a new home. I call it Prism because Josh used Prism Violet as the color.

this painting was created using a technique Josh learned from a book and video by Terrence Lun Tse. It’s a method of using artificial flowers laid on top of the canvas and then spray painted with white. When you lift the silk flowers off the canvas you are left with this wonderful pattern of blossoms and leaves.

Josh used a sprig of delphinium, gladiolas, and roses. Josh can’t draw. He doesn’t possess enough fine motor skills so using this method gave him a great deal of detail to work with. He had more fun using this technique. Next time, though, he’ll tweak it to fit his painting style better.

Right now, this painting is for sale and is at the Ottawa Art League Gallery for the months of July and August.

Mystic Rider is completed and has been delivered to its new owners. I am so happy with the way this painting turned out. I ordered a t-shirt with this picture on it for Josh. I can’t wait to see his face when it comes. I have also ordered blank notecards so this painting will be added to Josh’s inventory of artwork available for sale. Cards are $3.00 each and should be available at Art in the Park the first weekend of August. We’ll be manning the Ottawa Art Gallery during Art in the Park and Josh will have prints, notecards, and bookmarks for sale.

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