Blank canvasses are just as bad as a blinking cursor on a white page. It seems whenever I don’t have the materials to paint, that’s when I feel like painting. And as soon as I go and buy the materials, I don’t feel like painting anymore.
So I didn’t. I melted crayons instead.
I think last week’s Lego post got me in childlike, playful mood. It was fascinating to watch the wax flow down in irregular patterns onto the canvas, the darker colours taking longer to melt than the lighter ones—a swampy symphony of blues, purples, and greys blending into each other like falling notes from a Crayola keyboard.
I can’t claim this artwork as an original idea. There are numerous examples online of a bluish palette of crayons dripping rain while a man and woman in silhouette stand sheltered underneath an umbrella – many a lot better done than mine.
But I don’t know how many have used the silhouette of this Jack Vettriano painting as the token lovers under the rain. I’ve been a fan of “Mad Dogs” for a while, which perfectly matched my yellow room and takes its name from British singer Noel Coward’s strange song, “Mad dogs and English men go out in the midday sun.”
Maybe it’s odd I’m relocating this couple from an idyllic beach with no sign of rain despite the presence of umbrellas (or parasols), to a torrential downpour typical of Vancouver where that umbrella is no longer an accessory—it’s a necessity. But it’s interesting to change up the context now and then, to look at something old and beloved in a new way.
And as one art blends into another, I then waxed poetic about my wax picture:
A wet, cold blue
pressing into you like
will teach you
than any half hour piano lesson
so don’t be so detached
stand under it, umbrella down
Love It. We have to start by imitating before we can produce original works. I’m starting by learning how to colour. I was inspired to colour with my non dominant hand while watching my primary students coloring. I didn’t know how to judge if a piece of work was well done or not. So i decided to produce some art myself, with my left hand. When I started coloring with my left hand I realize that indeed it was a hard task when those fine motor skills are still developing.
indeed, that’s quite the challenge you gave yourself!
That’s amazing, Charlene! How on earth did you do it?
thanks Anna, it’s actually really easy. I just glue gunned some crayons to a canvas (wrappers on). Then I took a heat gun to them one at a time so they melt and drip onto the canvas (I’ve heard blow dryers can also work). Make sure you heat the crayons in the centre rather than the tip or else wax will fly every which way – and hold the canvas at an angle so it flows down better. The silhouette figures were cut out, painted, and stuck on earlier so I had to cover them up to keep them wax-free. The wax hardens pretty quickly which makes for a cool 3D effect, but be careful because it also breaks off easily once it’s dry. And that’s it. You should try it!
That’s much being more creative than I would be. I’d never melt my crayons!
well, I’m not really using them for anything else these days so it wasn’t much of a sacrifice 🙂
I love this.