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July 18, 2013
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Jul 18, 2013, 11:09:26 AM
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
OdditiesByErnie Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderful....
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. :) 
OdditiesByErnie Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Then you should definitely do it again :)
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!
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....
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. :)
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 :)
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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