Last Wednesday we published the annual Arts Issue at work. So I spent the week running around documenting the local arts scene in Broward and Palm Beach counties. I visited the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale three times in three days – twice on Saturday.
The first Saturday visit was with a friend and after I dropped him at the train station I went straight to the art supplies store – Dick Blick was having a sale on their brand of paints so I picked up six small bottles of their matte acrylic paint. I wasn’t sure what matte would produce but at $1.04 a piece, they were worth a try. I went home and played with them on an old piece of plywood (because canvas is expensive and I wanted to work big).
I started with this base layer and found the matte to require a few layers (but maybe it was the wood that sucked up the paint):
Well, time and paint flew at an alarming rate – as it often does when I get into my zone – and at 8 p.m. I realized I was really late for The Miami Generation Revisited exhibition opening event.
Being that it was a Miami-focused event I figured that my Latin-timing arrival couldn’t be too shunned. So I threw on some clothes and rolled into the event – apparently with paint in my hair, because halfway through the exhibit someone pointed out the paint splattered on my top. Oh well (I secretly liked it, not even bothering to cover it up).
Here’s what I made, it’s 26 inches by 18 inches: