I don't often create art expressly for my own home, but inspiration struck and I just went with it!
I have long wanted a piece for our screen porch that reminds me of my favorite family vacation spot, so Mr. Lobster was born.
It's often fun...for me, and MAYBE for you...to see how a piece evolves over time. Here goes...
The 13" x 16" canvas actually began as a floral still life I'd purchased at a thrift store. I never hung the painting and eventually no longer wanted to, so a little gesso and some ephemera collage and I was on my way to a new piece of original art.
Using inspiration from my art journal, I sketched the lobster onto the collaged background.
Using acrylics, I filled in the background.
Using mark-makers...bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard...I added design elements to the background.
A dry brush application of antique white acrylic adds a little interest.
Using gouache, I filled in the lobster.
The lobster was outlined with a black Stabilo pencil; letters were added using stencils, filled in with gouache paint and outlined with charcoal pencil.
The deep edges of the canvas were painted in a black & white checkerboard pattern...
...and finally Mr. Lobster took up residence on our screen porch...a perfect reminder of a very happy place.
© Nancy Lefko