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Reclaim by crazyruthie Reclaim by crazyruthie
mixed on canvas 8'x4' aka 2.4m x1.2m
grout, spray paint, all purpose cleaning solution, spray texture--makes things look like they're made of stone, anti-rust spray, acrylics, wood stain.

i haven't created a piece this big in years. i wanted to get a lot of anger and frustration out of my system. making this was very physical--throwing grout on the canvas, walking around the painting spraying all around, kneeling.

i named it "reclaim" because being outside, it's been quite hot until recently, it made me feel alive and energetic, at least for a little while. i'm in the process of trying to reclaim my life from a three year depressive cycle (i have bpd I). i'm feeling better lately, so i was able to do this.

one very cool thing, which seemed symbolic to me... i was taking this photo of the painting, behind my garage, and a neighbor i don't know pulled out of her garage and stop her car to talk to me. she asked me if i was an artist and that she loved this style of work. i couldn't believe it, nobody likes work like this! lol she said she wanted to come by later and look at more of my work! she said she was a graphic designer! that made my day. :)
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artin2007 Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wonderful assemblage/collage.
Thanks very belatedly for the fav of 
"imaginary garden..." 
by my alter ego....
imaginary garden 2 by dofaust
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OdditiesByErnie Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderful....
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crazyruthie Dec 24, 2013   General Artist
thank you. 
it's pretty special to me. i'd like to do another along the same lines. i have a couple more really big canvases...
it was so hot making it in the sun, i should do another now that it's cooler. 
it felt so good to make. everything just flowed; i didn't have to think about it at all. it was almost entirely physical. totally different experience than any other painting i've done. :) 
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OdditiesByErnie Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Then you should definitely do it again :)
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crazyruthie Dec 24, 2013   General Artist
you have inspired me! i think we still have most of the stuff i used, some of the spray paint is running low. i want to get some of that ceiling popcorn stuff, that you spray on? know what i mean?
i'm really frustrated cause i'm trying to draw/paint something xmasish but i feel so uninspired. i'm trying to work on a collage, but that's frustrating too. what are you working on? maybe i should just color something...still haven't opened those new sharpies!
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OdditiesByErnie Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I aint workin on a thing... and likely wont get to till Thursday... the family is usually cooperative about my art.... but not right now... its something ever few minutes - so I just gave up on trying for the next few days....

But I am glad to have inspired....
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crazyruthie Dec 24, 2013   General Artist
wow, that sucks! your head is going to blow up because so many ideas will be filling it up. :) 
family responsibilites, rats. 
when i was in the 1st grade i had a teacher named miss meyers. i really hated her, even then i could tell she was full of shit. i don't remember exactly why, but i called her "rat face!" thinking back i realize i had some epic things happen, once in a while, in my childhood. :)
you definitely did. :)
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OdditiesByErnie Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah - I'm already behind on need to do's stuff in progress - much less the 20 or 30 ideas that have popped into my head - oh well :)

You should do a Rat face piece :)
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crazyruthie Dec 24, 2013   General Artist
you should take notes or  make some scribbles, or  do you have enough memory to keep it all in there? lolo sounds like i was saying you didn't have enough  RAM. hehe
rat face yes! you're great for inspirations. i need to scribble! my memory is in sad shape. from the meds. 
ohhhh speaking of inspiration, i went outside and put out a big drop cloth. i took the painting i was working on and spray painted over most of it. :) yay!
i used green, purple, and an anti-rust one, which is, strangely enough, rust colored. :shrug: :)
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brandongardner21 Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work!!! Kudos
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