Upcycle project #6 Old gods, painting with blue

When I made the hexagon panels for Japanese Yuzen style painting, there are some scrap pieces of linen canvas left. The leftover canvas pieces are generally triangle shape and hard to make them onto a regular wood panel as whole. But I don’t want to discard them like that because those are nice quality linen canvas. So I figure I will keep doing my upcycle projects.

For this project, I pre-cut the triangle linen canvas into random square shapes or rectangle shapes. Basically I cut out a large square first and then fill in the little square and rectangle. Then I try to mapping them onto a wood panel. After I can cover almost entire wood panel, I glue them piece by piece with pH neutral adhesive. Once it is fully dried, I apply a layer of gesso and lightly sand the panel. Therefore, every piece in between the gold liner is a separated piece of linen canvas no matter the size. The several solid gold squares are also individual linen canvas.

In the beginning I was planning an all blue shades painting. I did the underpainting with all blue colors but it seemed like kitchen tiles. So then I decided to paint more patterns inside each square/rectangle.

Upcycle #6 Old gods

I save the 8 large square pieces for special pattern. I want them to look like a pre-history cave art with symbol. I paint what I think of at that moment. Soon I realize that I can make them into a series.

I don’t have a particular meaning of these figures and symbols yet, but maybe I will fill in their stories one day. 😀

I hope you enjoy this upcycle project.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.