Friday, November 12, 2010
art every day month #11: oh my gouache
Last minute squeaker today. Almost didn't happen. It was a day full of rushing and scrambling to get here and there, school conferences, wielding a scanner at the book fair this morning, cleaning the exploded coffee out of the loaner entrusted to me while my car is still at the spa. Then off to the grocery store, where I caused a minor banana cascade in the produce section. Got home, knew there wasn't enough time to start a doodle, so I unpacked the groceries and cut up the paper bag into rectangles. Fetched the kids, brought them home, and pulled out the gouache. The cheapie kind, so I wouldn't freak if they painted with the whole tube. We painted rashly, giving each other one-minute challenges, two color challenges, starting with blue dot in the middle challenges, and so on, as fast as we could so I get these pictures before the next time zone claimed the sun. They are still painting, and I'm going back to join them in a minute. This is my kind of painting. The kind that doesn't demand a Great Statement. The kind that happens fast and frenetically. And this is my kind of surface. The plebeian paper bag. The people's canvas.