“Seabreeze Sun Silhouette” title suggestion by Gretchen Whitman at STEAM Fest Rochester Maker Faire Fri 11/16/18. This 11″ x 14″ canvas board was created with an acrylic water wash during this first STEAM fest. It took about 4 hours to paint. I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the students answering questions, talking about “why labyrinths”, how they are a great meditative tool and getting their input on how to proceed during the creation of the painting. Also chatting about the purposefully asymmetrical grasses. It was also fun explaining how it’s okay to have the painting not go exactly as planned and how to morph it accordingly. During the second day, at the regular Rochester Maker Faire, I created a “duplicate” painting this time using a gloss medium. The differences in the medium choices are most notable in the sky. Also, the gloss, when seen in person, makes the painting look like it is still wet. When applying the paint there are more “dripping” hazards when using a water wash. The hazards with the gloss medium is if you work it too much it will “lift” the paint off the canvas with no immediate way to resolve it unless you just gob paint onto the spot thus destroying what you implied to do either way. It was fun comparing the painting techniques in process. Now titling the second painting was interesting… Here is what was suggested:
sunset in the marshes
Is it spring yet?
Nova Scotia sunset
<country flag> in the reeds
Mt. Everest after sufficient global warming
Struggles with gloss medium
Weedy duck pond
Lake Erie jet stream (W to E)
Sunrise kayaking below Irondequoit Bay
Side by side before adding back the labyrinths.