Here's my finished 12" canvas square that I created for the Marion Cultural Alliance's "Block Party". I don't think they'll mind if I show it, they invited us upstairs to view all of them when I delivered it last Friday. Just a little preview. As I mentioned in the earlier post, the diversity is fascinating. I especially love the entries from the young "serious" artists. Very edgey. Great company. Some artists opted to do more than one canvas, producing mini-triptychs and pushing the boundaries of the canvas edge into a larger statement.
I'm acknowledging this sort of "series" I've undertaken of horse heads and gold leaf. It began as an experiment with the medium of gold leaf but now it's taken on a direction of it's own. As someone who paints very large canvases this small format is a welcome respite. And the challenge of the mediums, acrylic and gold leaf, is a great diversion. I'm also enjoying the detail in the faces. In my large oils, my mission is to depict direction and motion with the brushstrokes, be they fast, sweeping, vague, tentative or bold. I love the accidental properties inherent in the gold leaf. Sometimes relinquishing control is a good thing.