Thursday, September 16, 2010

Progression of a "graffiti-style" painting & collage on ungessoed canvas

I'm beginning my first canvas as part of Alisa Burke's online painting mixed-media course, "Graffiti Chic".
Itching to get started, I needed to finish a piece that was dominating my work space.  Although said piece is very close, it is still not completely finished, but I was able to move it off the work table so I could start PAINTING!  Woot Woot!
These images are of the base of the painting.
It is all about building layers.
Very loose and industrial.  I'm shooting for gritty layers of stuff found on and around an old building.

Once this dries I will start another.
Tomorrow I am going outside for some "outside-only" stuff.

I'm having a lot of fun with this loose, "swashbuckling" style of painting.  It is very good for me to loosen up!

Now, some paper is collaged to the surface, and more paint added:


  1. I am loving the layers of paint, the effect with the stamps and other painted shapes. I recognize the rubber "industrial steel" piece that we bought at Harbor Freight Tools. This is a great piece of art, and I can't wait to see what you do next.

  2. Thanks, Jamie! I'm kind of wondering what will happen next, myself!
    I added some additional shots after collaging some paper. I think more writing and paint, but I'm not sure.
    I got some spray paint today, so I'm going outside to take a few swipes at it tomorrow.

  3. It's looking great Leslie! I wrote a bunch of inspirational quotes into my layers, so the messages are kind of buried like in ones subconscious. It's a wonderful, cathartic creative process of painting. I want to take a month off and just paint canvas now!

  4. Love this! Will be waiting to see the progression.

  5. I love the texture, layers, and organic quality of your artwork. It is wonderful and I can't wait to see where you go from here. I also enjoyed the post about the antique quilt with the letter pieces for a foundation. Art on the back! I just received Alisa's book and can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing!

  6. industrial. swash-buckling. love it? can I come over and do one with you? please?

  7. Come on over. There's room at the (painting) table.
    Since Hurricane George's backside slapped us around this afternoon there was no outdoor painting for me today. I believe I'll start another canvas tonight. It is SO much fun.
    Judy, I love what you said about the messages layered into the painting.
    I tend to do that in almost everything I do. All those faclal cloths? You wouldn't believe what they say......

  8. Soooo cool! I love this, Leslie. Makes me wish I could have signed up for this fun class, too. It looks and sounds like you are having a great time with it!

  9. Hi,

    Your art is fantastic! Do you have advice for how to "dry" or fix watercolors that have been painted onto an unprepared canvas? In other words, the paint is still sticky after 2 weeks.


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