Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday Is For Art

The above painting was inspired by the cover of a Vanity Fair magazine and the work of Romare Bearden (1911-1988). Bearden used many different materials in his creation of his pieces of art. While this is a painting and not a collage, I nevertheless, copied Bearden's use of solid black for areas of the body as he had done in his piece "Saxophone Improvisation" (1986). This painting is 24"x16" and is painted in acrylic on MDO plywood.


LceeL said...

Fred - I gotta play stupid - what is MDO plywood?

moneythoughts said...

Lou, I found this stuff at the lumber yard. MDO plywood has a paper surface front and back and is used for making signs. I bought a piece 4'x4' and had them cut it up into 6 pieces 24"x16". As I like to use a straight edge and compass, I find a hard surface easier for me to work with. I gave each side a couple of coats of gesso and then painted on them. It is a hell of a lot nicer to work with than regular plywood.