I’ve been thinking I need to paint more. I’ve got a bunch of canvases that Merkin and BratzBasher bought me the last time I was painting (years ago) that I should really use. I wanted to do something with gears, because I think they’re really cool-looking. That’s probably the biggest reason why I like the steampunk style so much.
Anyway…I found some diagrams of gears and fiddled around with different ones, connecting them together on tracing paper. I didn’t have any clear idea what I wanted the finished product to look like. I originally planned to do really big gears that wouldn’t fit on the canvas — you know, just show partials of overlapping and interconnected pieces. I wound up working with much smaller images, though.
I had a grouping of three that I liked, so I just transferred them from the tracing paper over and over, building a larger group. Once I had the picture on canvas in pencil, I realized that I totally forgot to do my background. Okay, I’ll just work around it somehow. I’m using acrylics. This is still totally possible. I painted the gears and then tried to come up with a background. I was thinking a solid color at first, but BratzBasher suggested I do something with rust. She supervised the mixing of what paint I did have until I came up with something she liked. I thought it was a bit dark, so I thinned it out at first. The final result was a happy accident. Painting inward with a foam brush left a concentration of color around the inner edges. I finished it off with matte black behind the gears, fading into the rusty edges that I was seriously liking.
It’s not a masterpiece, but I was pleased with the result. Until I took pictures, that is. The first few came out really fuzzy, so I set the camera on a stable surface to get a clearer picture. When I uploaded them to the computer, I realized that the best photo was one of the fuzzy ones. It looks better than the painting! The fuzziness creates a cool 3D effect that I like a lot. Maybe I’ll just have a print made and hang that on the wall. I wish I’d gotten a straighter shot.
(Click on picture for full 3D effect)
What do y’all think? Painting? Print? Both? I have no idea where they’re going to end up. I don’t have any place to hang them right now.
I must say, BB was right to suggest the rust color. She’s got an impressive artistic side.
If I had it to do all over again (which I swore I wouldn’t after painting all those little cogs), I’d add more gears going underneath the rust edges. It kind of looks like rock, doesn’t it?