Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Permission to Play by BJ Wright

...a large portion of a 12"x12" acrylic painted/stamped paper...I originally saw a mountain under square drifting clouds when this image emerged. But after turning it 180 degrees, I smiled as I saw what appeared to be a boot. Thinking "there was an old woman who lived in a shoe; she had so many children she didn't know what to do"...I named this playful image "Permission to Play". Click on the image to see intricate patterns and coloring.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Droll and Delightful by BJ Wright

12"x10" acrylic paint, stamping, and inked book page on dry wax deli paper...The more I worked on this image, the more it became a clown/jack-in-the-box. Clowns can be kind of freaky, this one included. But I decided he just wants to entertain and have fun.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

more papers in progress...

To the left is a 12"x12" of dress pattern tissue which has been painted on the reverse side, then stamped several times on the right side. Some pattern markings can still be seen...which is a good thing. They can be incorporated into the final image.

(By clicking on the image, you can see the mingling of colors and patterns starting to emerge)

The middle and right papers are both 10"x12" dry wax deli paper. The blue one has been painted on the back and then stamped (using hand carved rubber stamps) on the front. The round mandala stamp was painted using varying shades of primaries and then applied to the paper.

The green with red was painted with a thin green wash and then twine dipped in red paint was dropped on the paper. The twine was then pulled off the paper leaving a design...which looks like a clown (sort of).

The blue/green/yellow paper (top) was made by weaving strips of two different painted/stamped papers torn into strips.

These papers are still incomplete. They may be torn into shapes and used for other papier colle paintings...or they may be further painted and over-stamped until that "aha" moment when they shout "I'm finished!"
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

papers in progress...

This an example showing a painting in progress. The center painting is constructed of two separate 12"x12" acrylic painted papers roughly torn into strips and then woven together. (One corner is turned up to show the reverse side).

After the weaving process, over stamping was done on the reverse/back side and a transparent glaze of acrylic paint was applied to the front side. The terms 'front' and 'back' are often interchangeable. I'm still working to see what subject emerges from this one. It's somewhat like playing "peek-a-boo".

The surrounding papers will be further glazed, stamped, torn and further processed until a subject or theme emerges. A few final touches will be added and the finished painting will be laid aside awaiting framing.
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