My final day of ArtFest 2008 was Judy Wiseâ€™s floor cloth class. It was not a first choice (I wanted the waxy layers one). Â I was pretty envious of what I saw coming out of some of the classes that had been my top choices. Plus the room was tiny and thereforeÂ SO crowded that it was just uncomfortable. Here we were painting large canvases and the table space we each had was barely the size of our canvas.Â We had to watch out for paints and elbows, while storing most of our supplies on the floor. I held my paint palette in my hand most of the time, which was tiring, something I am not used to at all. Despite what could have been a horribly bad day… I got into the right head space, adapted for my needs in order toÂ enjoy the time to paint.Â Of course I injected collage elements… it is impossible for paper to stay OUT of my work.
Judy went over some hints about prepping your canvas to be a floor cloth. She gave out a lovely color pamphlet and showed us a bunch of her canvases. Then we got right to work. I know I was tired and overstimulated at this point in the retreat, but I donâ€™t feel that I really learned anything new in this class.Â Â I only spent a few hours on this before it felt finished, and I was FINISHED. I cleaned up early and went back to nap. Since I haven’t painted in this size before, I was actually impressed with my final project. This piece started my ideas for my current series about journeys.
I won’t be walking on this! I do have a bunch of unstretched canvas that might someday become a floor cloth. For now this one will be namedÂ “Girl Traveller“