Despite my love for Molly Ringwald and a good John Hughes film from the 80s, I am really not a big pink girl. When I was asked what colour I wanted my room painted when I was small I said “red!”…I got pink and was never very happy with it.
Fast forward a good number of years later and I have a great appreciation for pink and use it a lot in pieces, but it is rarely the dominant colour….until this page took me to a hot, pink 80s revival.
I started the Sunday night ritual with coffee and my friend #Strombo on the radio (it was a repeated episode, but my art was mentioned in the opening of the show – still giddy thinking about it) and not a lot of ideas. I’d spent the day before doing all my Christmas shopping and then working an overtime shift until midnight – I was not feeling energetic or inspired.
So, I pulled out a bunch of tags I’ve had for years – always like the patterns, and decided to use them as the base for the piece. It was then layered with pattern tissue, gesso and some molding paste through a feather stencil. I really struggled with what to do with the feathers. They weren’t popping from the page in the way I’d hoped. I tried some glazes, white paint and graphite and nothing was really working – so I pulled out the magenta and took a leap. I added some book text with a bird silhouette and I was done. While I’m not entirely convinced that the page doesn’t look like it was inspired by Pepto-Bismo, I’m also not entirely unhappy with the results.
Sunday night fast approaches and I really hope the muse is not in a pink mood again this week.