New painting just finished - “Space Magic”

"Space Magic," acrylic, spraypaint and paper collage on wood, 36" dia., 2010

"Space Magic," acrylic, spraypaint and paper collage on wood, 36" dia., 2010

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

"Space Magic," detail

I’m fascinated with layers.  This round canvas offered me a challenge in producing balance and depth.  I also got a chance to explore some collage.  I was inspired when my young daughter asked me about stars.  She wanted to know why they sparkled and whether or not they are close to us.  After explaining (the best I could) the science of space and stars, I concluded by calling it all, ’space magic.’  It’s not that I don’t think she grasps exploding stars and the great distance it takes for their light to get to us, (although, the distance was hard to relate to her,) it’s the fact that she readily believes it’s magical.  That’s what made it stick in my mind.  She has a great sense of wonderment and believes - to some extent as all kids do, in alternate realities filled with magic and imagination.  I love it.

Comments 2

  1. Jeff wrote:

    Nice work. Enjoying the blog.

    I was wondering where you get these circular wood panels from? I use artboards but they’re a little hard to come by.

    Thanks!

    Posted 20 Sep 2010 at 11:41 pm
  2. Jason wrote:

    Thanks, Jeff. This piece is actually an unused tabletop. It’s about 5/8″ thick and 36″ in diameter. It is MDF or Masonite under a mahogany veneer. I just roughed up the surface and primed it with gesso. Worked great. I’ll be using z-bars to hang it.

    As far as getting a table top to paint on - I got this one at a garage sale. I bet you could find some at furniture auction houses for a good price, too.

    Thanks for the compliment - good luck on the hunt… let me know where you find some panels!

    Posted 21 Sep 2010 at 8:58 am

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