Sunday, April 24, 2011

"Separated by Birth"

I've been working on a couple of gouache ink resist pieces this week.  The first go-around was a disaster.  I don't know why, but the India ink would not wash off in some areas even though you could tell there was gouache underneath!  The final blow was the watercolor paper started to slough apart from rubbing.  Whoops!  That's the beauty of the technique, it's not really that big of a deal to start over.  Annoying, yes.  Difficult, no.

In the second attempt I changed the images slightly by cropping in closer.  Sometimes I wonder if my artwork has a mind of it's own and knows what's best, hence, the mess-up in the first try producing a better image in the second.  This time everything worked just as I'd hoped.  I titled the piece, "Separated by Birth" since they are really meant to be hung together but, when I posted them on Facebook, individually, it bothered me that each one didn't have a name on it's own.  So, as I was driving down Woodward Avenue (it seems to be a place where I get good ideas - that's where I got the idea for "Winston".  Check the archives...) it occurred to me that the wire one should be named, "Moses" and the real one should be named, "Ramses"!  You can probably tell what I watched on television last night!

"Moses" on the left, "Ramses" on the right, unframed, Lois Primeau, artist, copyright 2011

In case you don't know the story of Cecil B. DeMille's, The Ten Commandments, Moses was a Hebrew that had been raised as an Egyptian prince, in line to the throne of the Pharaoh.  Ramses was the prince of the Pharaoh's true blood-line.  It worked for Hollywood and it works for my peacocks!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm Mr. Lonely... woo, woo - woo - woo...

It's the beginning of a new week in the studio, one that should be filled with lots of flying paint and brushes, making up for time lost during last week's "sicky-ickies".  It's still feeling a little "lonely" down here without "Nick" hanging on the paint wall, but lo and behold! Check who's come to hang out "wit da mom" - it's my Boo! Bailey!  Of course, you may also note that if he were any closer to the stairs he'd be half way up them.  hee hee...

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this phenomenon, my Bailey will only come downstairs into the studio if there is potential food involved.  He has also proven he will come downstairs if there is company in the studio.  Like any child - I call him my furry four year-old even though he's almost ten - he likes to prove his "mother" wrong.

I guess he got used to my company upstairs last week and now he's feeling lonely.  Aw, poor Boo... c'mere, let Mom scratch your ears...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Amongst the Heroes

"Nick" amongst some other heroes
Explaining to Nick's parents, Bill and Jackie, how I designed "Nick"
"Nick", oil on canvas, 34" x 64", Lois Primeau. artist. Copyright 2011
It's been a few days since the Artist's Reception at the Scarab Club, in Detroit, MI, for the Working Class Heroes: A Tribute exhibition.  I've been waiting for the photos from my daughter, Sarah - Nick's wife, since I didn't bring a camera.  I knew she'd bring hers, she's a shutterbug.

It was a wonderful evening, seeing friends, meeting new people and other artists, talking about "Nick" and of course, the artwork... all the wonderful pieces paying tribute to the working class.

I am blessed and honored to have been able to paint "Nick" first of all and to be able to portray him exactly how I wanted to, so that the viewer could look at the painting and see this man for who he is, what he stands for and understand him immediately.  No frills, just a hard working, forthright, honest man who has the IBEW union supporting him as he supports the brotherhood of the unions.

An interesting side note is the day Nick came to pose for me, his hard hat actually had that writing on it.  It was something all the electrical workers on the job had done that day, written with a Sharpie, "Gov Walker = Rat" on their hard hats.