Thursday, February 19, 2009

Those Scraps - a CD Cover Project

When I make 23 x 23 inch squares (for my square format 19 x 19 inch watercolors) I have to tear off a strip about seven or eight inches wide, and about twenty three inches long. I've been accumulating these, because I don't throw out this paper. Sometimes I use it to sample paints and see how they'll behave before I put them on a piece in progress (when I don't want to take too much risk with a painting that's going well).

The other day it came to me that I could do a series of CD covers on these strips. They would be big enough to do three each strip , and three strips would fit, stapled to one of my square boards. So out came Amy Winehouse's Back to Black and I used the lyrics book to trace nine CD cover size squares.

Back from a business trip this evening, and with the stretched paper dried in my absence, I taped them all off, pulled up a mess of Flickr photos for lines and shapes drawn blindly, and played fast and loose with watercolors. Most of these are not likely to look anything like this by the time I get done with them. I plan to toss in acrylics, pencils, ink and anything else that seems right. I'm going to make nine whatevers - responding on this small scale to the things that usually tickle my muse. I don't plan for them to be abstracts - we'll see what emerges.

Then...

I plan to put them all in a post and let people comment. Anyone who wants one can ask. The comments will register the order of the requesters (their place in line). Then the first five requesters will get to pick from the pieces that remain depending on their place in line (first commenter gets to choose from the eight that remain, second commenter gets to choose from the seven that remain, etc.). They'll also need to send me their mailing addresses, of course (via private e-mail, not in the comment), so I can send their choice. In each case I will letter the little piece for a CD cover (tell me what to put on it) or not, as the requester wishes. I'll enjoy seeing what CD you pick for the piece (if you're using it for a CD cover). All pigments and materials are lightfast, so they should be OK even in a car, etc.

The one little twist (maybe you noticed above that the numbers didn't line up) is that I've already decided who gets first choice this time. Lisa of That's Why will get first choice of the nine. (Because she's the one who propelled my blog into it's current larger audience, that's why).

If you've done the math up to this point then you've figured out that I will have three left. I don't want anyone who lined up for the original choices to end up with too few to choose from, hence stopping with the first six (even the last in line will have four to choose from).

After that I'll post the remaining three pieces and anyone who hasn't got one already, if they like any of the remaing three enough to ask, may have it - first request for each of the three will win. Just like the first six, I'll work a CD title into the piece if they wish - or not - their choice.

I'll warn you all ahead of time when (date and time) I plan to post the nine - to prevent anyone who is interested from feeling like they have to hover over my blog to get in line. I'll finish all nine to my satisfaction before the give-away will be announced. I may show the progress of these as I go (or not), but I can't predict if they'll stay recognizable from one post to the next. So if you do want one, try not to fall in love with one during the progressive photos. I can't promise I won't paint it white and start over. Two of these have already shifted to acrylics and over half of those two were covered over...

11 comments:

Lisa said...

Whooo! Wow. This is a very cool idea. I'm so honored to get first choice. Thank you so much.

BTW, I may have lured them here with promises of art, culture and cake, but you keep them coming back.

Steve Emery said...

Lisa - Oh yes, the audience is mine to keep (or lose) but I am mindful of the power and value of a good introduction... so thanks.

susan said...

It might be too late for me to do the arithmetic but it's definitely a very sweet idea. They're looking very pretty already and it's nice to be able to work without too much structure. I never throw away paper or silk that can be used either.

Alex said...

You could save on postage if you just gave them all to me.

Liberality said...

If any of the dark ones, (wine, purple, blues, etc) are left over that would be the one I would take.

linda said...

steve, what a lovely idea....hoping they all work out for you as you will have quite a queue lining up for one! I can envision shoving, swearing, popcorn and lisa will bring the cake...

Maithri said...

Beautiful! I just love your artwork,

M

Genie Sea said...

What a splendid idea and project! Is it too soon or too late to get in line? :)I want me an original Emery :)

giggles said...

ME! Me ! ME! Me, too!!!! (Lisa's just playin' artists pet!)

Very clever idea... I hate wasting stuff....paper is so damned expensive!!

Thalia Took said...

Oooo! Ooooo! Count me in as hovering around your blog till you make the announcement. My Mostly Mike Monkees Mix would look so fabulous with one of your covers, tee hee.


And OMG I love giveaways. Thanks for reminding me it's about time I had another over at my place.

Steve Emery said...

Susan - Thanks! Sometimes the scraps are more fun than the big pieces...

Alex - That's an idea... and I have a feel for how many CDs you could be covering...

Liberality - We'll see what happens - I just finished one this morning that is definitely wine dark. I'll post it later - #3.

Linda - Thanks! So far they've been fun. At first I was concerned, with nine of them on the board and nothing emerging anywhere! They were all distracting me from the others, "Look at me! No! Look at ME!" It was making me dizzy. But then the first one went somewhere - and the two more have now settled down (and in different ways than the first). The third is pretty different for me.

Maithri - Thanks!

Genie - Line forms later, and I hope you get one.

Giggles - LOL!

Thalia Took - This is my first "giveaway" - and it's fun so far. I'll have to see if Mostly Mike Monkees Mix inspires anything in particular...