Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Solstice 2014 ~ Sunshine Art

Carrie and I were resting on our mats last Saturday when our yoga teacher entered the room and cooed, "Happy Solstice, yogis." In my mind I searched for "What date is this..." and was like, "Hey yeah! Summer solstice...totally forgot about that..."




I love that this particular yoga teacher will choose a theme to repeat throughout the course of our class. On that day she recited this piece from Rod Stryker, over and over: "In me there is a light that lights up the whole world. It radiates truth, boundless will, action and knowledge." She repeated it enough times that I committed it to memory, and as soon as class was over I jotted it down so I'd remember when I got home.




I knew that I'd be working on an art canvas later that day, and I was thinking of putting those words on it. I mentioned it to Carrie after class, thinking she'd say, "Oooh, I love that..." but she didn't respond quite like that. Ha. Daughters. Once she voiced her opinion I second guessed myself and the direction of my canvas art.




But, I'm glad I did. I went home and pulled up the file in my computer where I save quotes I like, and these lyrics written by John Lennon couldn't have felt more perfect. I love the song, "Across the Universe" anyway. This was meant to be!



The part about how I made it:

The art canvases I've made in the past have been done with acrylic paints, but this time I used watercolors and loved every bit of it! I used an 8" x 10" canvas, used mod podge to attach sheet music and then added a wash of blues and purples. And the suns rays got yellow and orange. Yes, the text is French - ooh la la. The half-circle for the sun is a piece of white fabric. I wet it with water first, then did a wash of yellow, orange, and a little red.

I ironed some freezer paper to the back of some unbleached muslin to keep it stable while I stamped my words, then I cut it into strips and peeled the paper off before attaching it to my canvas. I outlined all the pieces with a black Sharpie, stamped it randomly and called it good.

And there you have it ~ my little sunshine art to
commemorate Summer Solstice, 2014.

15 comments:

Carrie Morley said...

LOVE this canvas - I think you need to make more with watercolors because I love the way the colors turned out. Sorry for poo-pooing your text idea, but glad I did because this is what came out and you know I love the lyrics. :) Love you! xo

traci said...

You are so talented!!!

Karen said...

And called it "GREAT" is what you ought to have said!

Ginger said...

It's beautiful Deb!! Love the colours and the quote is perfect for summer solstice :)

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I would never have thought of using water colours for a project like this, but they work beautifully. It's gorgeous. Is your canvas flat, rather than being attached to a wooden frame?

scrappyjacky said...

Just perfect for summer,Deb.

Susi said...

How cool! I've never worked with canvas so thanks for the added tips in your post.

Miriam said...

This is so lovely Deb and very inspiring, Karen 's right call it great!

Anonymous said...

Another beauty Deb! I think I might attempt another one of these- the first one was so fun. I could use any tips you have. I kind of get the layering and stamping but I have no idea how to create a person-did you just free hand cutting out the pieces- I'm referring to your 3 ring circus canvas. You are so good at these and they are so original!

Jennifer Lebowitz said...

That last comment was from Jen Lebowitz : )

Beverly said...

It turned out glorious and I like both quotes ;) Thanks for taking us through the process!

Becky said...

It's beautiful and interesting to see find out how you made it :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love this Deb! ARen't watercolors so amazingly versatile?
Rinda

alexa said...

Both quotes are very meaningful - hoping you can follow your heart :). Your canvas is beautifully done, and I've enjoyed your description of how you made it. There's a word in your French text which jumped out at me because it seems so appropriate: Genial! (= genius! brilliant!) xx

Gail said...

It looks lovely Deb. You never cease to amaze me with all that you do.

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