What's Up in the Studio? Only the largest Upcycled painting I've made yet!

After you read and watch this blog, you might guess by the gruelling process I went through, why the painting is entitled “Whirlwind”! I didn’t plan on what happened to this piece, but suffice it to say, it underwent an amazing transformation process.

It all began one day at the market when I saw an old beaded dress (from the 70’s) on display. I could NOT take my eyes off of it because I just knew there was something I could create with it. So I bought it for 80.00.

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I took out the seams of the dress and planned to use the skirt section. It had an interesting hem, as you can see above. And because it was a sheer material, I knew I needed to paint on the canvas board first. So I painted lots of varying width stripes. When it was ready, I dipped the skirt into a pan of watered down glue and placed it on my canvas board in a certain arrangement.

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Above was the result – after a little painting on top of the dress. To me was just ok – not really working for me – so I painted away. I thought to emphasize some of the movement ... and avoided at all costs, painting over the pearls. So I painted “these” sections, then whited them out: and painted “those” sections and whited them out. But It was all becoming even less ‘ok’ in my eyes. I was mostly likely bedazzled by the bling! 

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I began to set the painting aside for weeks at a time. I tried adding more beads and necklaces - for some sort of contrast, but really, I was at a loss. Time passed.

Finally after some quiet time with God one night, I realized I should paint what I would want to have on my own walls. So, gritting my teeth because I had spent so many hours on this painting already, I painted the whole thing a creamy white — I now had a vision for how I wanted it to turn out.

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As often happens, visions and final results do not always match. But for the first time, it was actually fun to paint the largest upcycled piece I'd ever created. I stopped painting when the whirlwind had subsided.

My thought: I personally needed to go through the wild process of this appropriately entitled “Whirlwind” painting in order to come to the simplest solution. I learned something new again!

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“WHIRLWIND” 2019 Upcycling in Painting 48 x 20 inches Beaded dress and acrylic paint

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