Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A SCRUMPLED UP PAINTING GETS A REPRIEVE

I'd been given a set of rather old oil pastels



 in an old tin,



 so I thought I'd give them a try at making a Klee-inspired painting.

Half-way through I said "this is totally awful" (although that's not exactly what I said), screwed it up into a tight ball, still wet, and threw it in the waste-paper basket.



The only reason it wasn't actually burnt was because the fire was not lit yet.


Later, I took it back out.
Smoothed it out.
Did some more painting.
Played with the photo-editing programs for a bit.
And here's the result.






In Edinburgh when they are modernising the insides of buildings, to preserve the street frontage they sometimes leave only the fronts standing while knocking down the whole of the insides; that's what's happened to the buildings at the back here, and there's a nice bit of paint texture appearing from the scrumpling.

If you're wondering what Paul Klee had to do with it, I had previously sketched out some of his images and used them very loosely as inspiration.

I hope it gave you a bit of a laugh.




Linking to 
"Art Journal Journey", theme "Inspired by the Masters",
"Three Muses", theme "Create a piece of art using inspiration from an artist you admire",
"Paint Party Friday" where friends share what they have made during the previous week and
"Inspiration Journal" whose theme this month is "Fresh Start" for which this piece seems entirely appropriate.

52 comments:

  1. I think this is going to cause a lot of art to be rescued from the rubish bins in art studios around the world. Many times I can't see a piece's potential until after I've tossed out. Then suddenly I'm scrambling to save it from a fateful demise. I love the colorway you ended up with. And the cool crinkled texture you gave it while still wet. :-) That's a great row of houses being remodeled on the inside. In the meanwhile they still have great curb appeal. The landscaping and local critters are enjoying their day, no matter your frustration and rescue of their surroundings. They're just happy to have been rescued. This is a fun share today.

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    1. I agree with Annie, how often we don't see the wonders we produce! :-)
      Good you picked it up again!
      Happy PPF
      Ilona

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  2. Oh yeah, and WAY cool tin and pastels! I really love old art supplies.

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  3. If crumpling up the paper is the reason for that a so beautiful picture comes out thereby, once I want to try this trick soon also!
    A very funny Sheila-story!
    Ulrike

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  4. AMAZING Sheila!
    This is surely the way to discover new techniques... I think the bended oilpastel chalk layer gives an amazing look when for example watercolor meets the crumbled scratches ....

    I love to see that Mr Klee inspired you to this...
    he should be very proud that Mrs. Esmeralda ( a star herself) takes some time off for an inspirational tour in his art world!

    Happy week for you Sheila,
    thank you for sharing such a fab piece with us over at AJJ again!
    xoxoxo
    Susi

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  5. Well, now I know what to do when I throw something away, if it comes out again looking so good! But perhaps you could tell me the exact words you used, perhaps one needs to say them! Thanks for this lovely contribution to Art Journal Journey! Valerie

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  6. Who ate the biscuits ? The pastels look good. Its magic the way you've made something fantastic out of almost nothing. Love you're mixed media approach. I think Klee would love the line drawn houses, flowers and animal. Love it, Awesome !!

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    1. I really had to laugh about your: who ate the biscuits?"
      Thank you for that!!

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  7. such a wonderful old tin
    and great gift
    i learned from Lynne Hoppe that you can paint on top of oil pastels with watercolor paints - but only if you use the paint straight out of the tube with NO water. I love playing with them together.

    i love that you got it out of the trash and had at it some more. so playful a piece.

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  8. Fantastic page and well saved from the waste basket.
    Yvonne

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  9. AH; I had just written a long comment looking at your picture once and again to be able to write to the details I saw the other comment and awnsered to that - after doing that my comment for your picture was gone. I think. Perhaps I willl find it. I hope. Otherwise I will try it again....

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  10. Love this wonderful creation and story behind it!

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  11. Great use of old materials. I love the way the drawings stand out from the background. Great take on the art of Klee.

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  12. Why ever do you toss perfectly lovely work. There's always a bit of inspiration everywhere and picking it from the trash was a great idea. Klee is one of my faves. xox

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  13. My second visit here today, Sheila, first time I spent ages looking through your blog catching up with all your wonderful art - then I forgot to leave a comment!
    Great work, as always, you have so much fun creating it shows through your art!
    Hope you are surviving the storms.

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  14. Great job with Klee Sheila...I always look forward to your unique style...great job.

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  15. Maybe the reason I never get good results is because I never throw anything away! :)

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  16. Wonderful ideas it all came together so well

    Love Chrissie

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  17. Oh Sheila this is so wonderfully done, love the colors and your style inspired by Klee, thanks for all your sweet comments on my blogs.
    Anni

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  18. Love your story, Sheila. And the final result! Yesterday I tore up a card that went wrong at the last minute (grrr) so that's definitely gone. Must remember to crumple instead :-)

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  19. My old art teacher used NEVER to let us throw any artpiece away. I see now I must bow to his wisdom as your Klee inspired piece (which is a winner) would never seen the light of day. Bravo.

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  20. Paul Klee is maybe the painter I admire most! His approach to art is very poetic....and I find that same poetry in your gorgeous creation! I am happy you didn't set that thing on fire *lol.

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  21. I see how he inspired you, Its beautiful!
    Groetjes Karin

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  22. i love your Humor, sheila... the crumples are beautiful here:)
    greetings to beautiful Edinburgh!!!

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  23. Great piece of art work again. Love crumpled paper myself but once again bow down to your use of photoshop. Under deep snow here and might have made some art but had to dig myself out first,
    Motoots

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  24. Wow, I love your fresh Klee!!!!!
    Fabulous and fun!

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  25. Your new technique 'wastepaper basket' is simple, but very effective, and I love the great result... this page is really fantastic. Well done, Sheila!
    Mar x

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  26. Oh sheila, i love your new projekt,ist very , very beautiful and funny.


    xxx Jeannette

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  27. Hello Sheila Love how you managed to create such a unique piece of art from a crumpled piece of paper which had been discarded. Love the bird :)

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  28. Sheila you really make me smile with all of this and good job that fire wasn't lit! This turned out great, I'm so happy you picked it up again and played some more, well worth it!

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  29. Ah, that's a great story! I too have thrown many pieces away - but your rescue is brilliant! xo

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  30. Very cool art. Thanks for coming to visit me .

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  31. What a luck that you discover that art work new, cause I love the result most, especially the colors contrast of soft pastell and dark. Great cheerful creation!
    Big hugs Anja

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  32. Haha Sheila, as you wrote you threw it in the ban, I immediately knew you would pull it out again ;) and it was worse totally! First the old oilpastels seems to getting better the older they are ;) and the houses look like real and they are worse to build around the fronts because they are awesome! And I wonder whats this new guy with the blue head is coming from ;) Hugs is sending
    ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  33. I absolutely love your artwork Sheila! :
    It's unique and powerful indeed.

    (I thank you for your fidelity during this hard time for me.
    I only post old stuff because I don't feel able to create at the moment. :)

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  34. This is a great way to salvage what you thought to be lost!! Good job....layers are a blessing! Aparently there is an artist who says every piece of art has an ugly stage you just have to get past it, and that you did!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. I'm very glad to hear that you rescued it from the garbage! It came out great! I wish my tossed away sketches looked this good! haha

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  36. Just marvelous!!! It turned out to be a very nice piece. Don't you love it when you can salvage something you thought was a bummer?

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  37. Oh how I sympathise. Been there bought the tee shirt. Someone told me once that all paintings go through a battling stage. That means its nite good and the bin or black gesso seems the only alternative! I'm glad you kept going as the crumpled effect has added to it. Paul klee is fantastic inspiration to. Thanks so much fir making me smile :)

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  38. Klee is one of my favorite painters, I think maybe diviertió much as you creating their works. Saludos
    P.d .: I would keep as a treasure that box of cakes.

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  39. This is fabulous and quite interesting. Great work!

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  40. I have a problem:it's very hard for to throw things away, Buddha must be tired of me because attachment must be the first word in my dictionary of emotions, I love your Klee piece. It's inspiring.

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  41. I am glad you didn't burn this. I love how it came out. And what a great gift and the old tin is really fantastic by itself.

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  42. so glad you saved it Sheila -this is just marvelous!

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  43. very lovely pastel! It turned out well after all.

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  44. Oh Sheila, I'm glad you decided to save it! It's always better to just leave something you're not happy with and get back to it some later time. You never know what else you can make of it. And see, you proved it :-)

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  45. I'm all about reviving and using. Believe me if my fire was lit some days it would be quite a bonfire! Glad you saved it!

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  46. How well did you retrieved from the waste-paper basket., is a wonderful picture it's become!

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  47. Here I am again, better late than never...
    I'm very glad that the fire wasn't lit yet! I love this flowers that must be roses, I'm sure they are. And the sweet 5-leg-being seems to be very curious to find out if the roses are smelling as good as they look like. I wonder who is living in this nice little houses in the background. And I lilke the colours, they are not the ones you use normally I think.

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  48. The scrunching gives it movement! Well done. x

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  49. Very interesting story this art piece has to tell Sheila.
    One would never have known that it was banished to the trash for awhile.
    Scrumpling is a fun word and what you created is wonderful!
    oxo

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  50. It's so good to know the journey this piece has been on would never know otherwise as it looks so good. I am just learning of Paul Klee - I hadn't heard of him until recently. His works are fascinating. Jx

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