Insta Art Series – Painting 9: fail.

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Painting 9, as it turns out, was originally painting 2. I just did not like it and have been trying to salvage it this entire time. I didn’t like how it almost looked like a flag, with the horizontal colour stripes. I didn’t like how the featured image was not really a landscape. It felt like the kind of interior design photo you would put up in your powder room, but not what I was going for with this series.

Just look at how hard I tried:

This was a situation where I overworked the piece beyond repair – it was so thick and lumpy that you could barely see the grains of the wood panel anymore. The spaces between the colour blocks were gone. I was clinging to a few things I had collaged on early and wanted to salvage (this rarely works!). And no, “put a bird on it” doesn’t always work (ha ha, Portlandia fans).

I liked the two images and how the composition moved along from the green in one photo to the green in the other. I like that I took these photos while hiking with the baby on one of my favourite trails nearby. So while this wasn’t working out, I decided to just finish it anyway and celebrate the sense of how large the cedar trees are here on the west coast. I found a neat image in my Grandma Jean’s 1910 school book of a big cedar tree in Stanley Park, so I used that at the base of the tree. I’m not sure what I’ll do with this painting–laundry room??–but here it is.