I probably "shouldn't" post this, but I'm gonna go ahead and do it anyway.
After sitting with a construction paper collage on canvas for a while, over spring break the girls and I just jumped in and started painting this giant canvas.
Basically, I chose a palette from the existing sample cans of latex house paint I had lying around (and believe me, there were LOTS to choose from!)
This is all wrong: one should not paint a pre-stretched canvas using latex house paint. I know this. But this project is truly a matter of function, effect, and saving money, so there was no way I was going to invest in a bunch of oil paints and brushes.
I have been living with it in place for a while now to see how I feel about the colors, if it's too much of a pain to move the thing on and off the TV (it's not, though our TV has been broken for a couple of weeks, making it a wee bit moot), and whether I will ultimately feel the need to add a frame.
The gap at the sides actually doesn't bother me. I do need to add a cross bar to the back to raise the whole thing up a couple of inches though.
Right now, the painting itself lacks depth and detail, but this is really just the base layer. For now I am deciding how I feel about the base palette, whether to bring in black or gold or both, whether to add a more rigid geometric element and whether to do some embroidery on the canvas. I know.
I share this today partly because blogs sometimes make it feel like a blogger has an idea and then Poof! It's finished and perfect. I tend to think a lot, and some decisions are very slow in coming. I guess I want to make clear that these things can take time....and really, there's no rush.