The intended project was actually cleaning this mess in my art/work space….ughh!! It was a complete disaster area. Things piled everywhere.
However, focus has always been a problem for me. I am easily distracted by sparkly, shiny objects. Okay, let’s face it, the distraction need not be sparkly nor shiny…just not this.
So, I came across these canvases that had been sitting around for years.
It just so happens, I have some paint right here….and brushes!
Ooh, and lookie here. I had forgotten all about this vintage suitcase which I love.
My grandfather played the stand up bass in a band called the Casuals. Even cooler, my dad was in the band too. Even cooler still, my maternal grandmother actually brought my mom to a bar where my dad was playing so that she could introduce them. My mom was his first official groupie…(or at least his last).
What instrument did my father play, you ask? Well, that’s irrelevant…You’re getting lost in the details. He was in the band. That’s what’s important.
Alright, so he played the accordian, okay?…. Do you have a problem with that?…I’m just sayin’, the accordian can be an extremely sexy instrument……… just ask my mom.
Regardless, the man has mad musical skills. He even sang at my wedding as my husband and I danced to Nat King Cole’s Sentimental Reasons.
My mom, ever the adoring groupie, is the lady in the light colored dress in the background. I asked her to please keep her arms down and refrain from squealing his name as he sang….Once again, I digress.
Well, when I saw the sheet music, it reminded me of this piece of artwork called Waiting by Loui Jover that I discovered just a few days ago. I loved how the artist used pages from a vintage book for the backdrop of his work. It adds a misty, nostalgic quality to the piece.
So, I grabbed the old sheet music and my oversize canvas and got to work. I used Mod Podge to attach the sheet music to the canvas.
After it was all layed out, I put another thick coat of Mod Podge on top of the sheet music to seal it into place.
I drew out the image on a piece of craft paper and cut it out just to make sure I got the dimensions right. Then, I traced around the image lightly with a pencil onto the canvas.
Using black acrylic paint, I filled in the image. I replaced the umbrella in Jover’s piece with a stand up bass in mine.
The painting reminds me of my very talented grandfather and father as I fumble, I mean play, the piano. (The musical talent seems to have skipped a generation.)
It’s not perfect, but you know what, I love it for sentimental reasons.
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