Monday, September 2, 2013

Famous Potatoes

This piece started with one of three pieces of art that were given to me by an artist friend who was cleaning out all her art and what she couldn't sell, she was giving away or throwing away. These had colorful loops of hand painted paper glued on top. I hated to destroy her art but she gave me permission and said If I didn't take them they would go in the dumpster. I didn't know what I would do with them and didn't want to just hoard them so I only took 3 of these. I emailed her yesterday if she still had the others and she said they were all thrown away! That makes me sad. Not only for myself but for her, and for the landfill. So what did I do with the frames? Below is one of the pieces of art and the process I went through.

I had this encaustic collage hanging around the studio waiting for something to finish it off.  I made it at Karen Bubb's encaustic workshop   It was just a tad too wide to fit inside the frame so I asked a builder friend if he could cut a 1/2" off the side. Now it fit.

The next decision was what to do with the frame itself. It had paper and blobs of glue and glitter on it that I sanded off. I liked how it looked sanded and decided not to paint over it.
Next was how to finish off the top and bottom as I was left with an inch or so of space on top and bottom of the collage. I tried vintage children's blocks but they looked too blocky, even if the colors were good.

Next I painted around the edges of the frame with black, so the bright colors of the back ground would not show up.

This same day my husband was called by the elderly neighbor if he could go over and help change out her license plates on the car. He came back with two license plates and said "I thought you could use these for something" now if you know my husband, this is a rarity! He usually throws things away before I can say, "can I have that?"  My initial reaction was no thanks I don't want them but on second thought I said, well what the heck give them to me an I'll see if I can find something to do with them.

Here are 2 of my pieces drying in their frames with all my button and bead jars to help hold them down and glue flat.

Famous Potatoes 15" x 15" $250 Encaustic Collage/Mixed Media
I love serendipity. I had to cut the edges of the license plate off but I love the way it turned out especially with the truck. Can anyone guess what state this license plate is from?


MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Oh so excited I know it's Idaho. And I'm in the UK too!!! Good to see your mixed media is still going great guns.

Rebeca Trevino said...

this is great pam! really!
how funny that the round painted thingies, once they were sanded down a bit, do kinda look like idaho potatoes . . .

my favorite is your painting of the truck and mobile home . . . very middle america.
good save, on the frames and especially the license plates!

Seth said...

Famous potatoes!! LOL. Love it. And it was cool to really see the inner process that you went through to create this gem!

emily said...

Love how this piece turned out! Growing up in rural potato growing Idaho, this piece really reminds me of that area!

Pam McKnight said...

Great job MadBird! When I moved to Idaho people would ask me how the corn was and I would say, no that's Iowa! Rebeca, I didn't even see the potato connection on the frame until I read your comment! Thanks, Seth ... Emily I did not know you grew up in rural Idaho.