Monday, September 20, 2010
this past weekend we went to the Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. the art festival had a wonderful variety of artists from the area and so much talent. i didn't buy anything for myself, but i did get a lot of Christmas shopping done, which makes me very happy. i'm trying to make the Christmas season a little less stressful than it was last year and i love being able to support local artists.
as we were leaving the fair my husband commented to me that he doesn't really care for the little girls that i draw and that i should try something else. well, this of course didn't sit very well with me, i'm rather sensitive when it comes to my artwork. so that afternoon when we got home i decided i'd paint a brook trout for him. we had seen a woman who made collages from wallpaper, and a few of her pieces were fish (bass), and my husband liked these and i decided to make a fish for him. one of his requests was that if i do a trout, i have to make sure i get the mouth right, because the woman hadn't done hers quite right and that really makes the piece.
my husband said he liked this piece and the mouth meets his standards! fischer loves this piece and wants to hang it in his room. i have to admit that painting fish isn't my favorite thing to do, put i like trying new things.
most of this piece was created by painting on used coffee filters and tearing them into pieces. the only part that isn't a coffee filter is the blue, which is from my first background for the fish that i didn't like, so i ended up tearing it and reusing it.