RECYCLED, 9081, abstract collage with recycled materials

This painting started out with a piece of rusted scrap metal I found in a parking lot a year ago. The metal sat around in my studio until I finally decided what to do with it. I think it came off a rusted car.
The support, in this case, is a cabinet door. It is actually a nice oak door and it was unfinished, so I first started out by gessoing the panel and painting the edge black. I textured the panel with modeling compound. Then I cut pieces of silver and gold colored aluminum metal foil and copper metal and cemented them on to the surface.
The grid is some metal mesh I found in my garage. I attached the scrap metal to the panel with screws and copper wire. The silver foil was too bright, so I painted over it with quinacridone gold, a very transparent fluid acrylic by Golden. The blue is Golden's primary cyan, which is also very transparent. Using transparent colors on a reflective surface allows the shine to come through.
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Diana Marshall said...

Another stunning piece, great ideas all of them, I have been toying with the idea of visiting our local scrap yard, which I just might do after seeing this one, cool!

David Larson Evans said...

Love all of your abstracts.

Barb said...

I love how you make "just stuff around the house" look so amazing.

Dean Grey said...

Oh Carol, I see you had some trouble photographing this one because a couple of the pics are blurry.

I need clear shots! But I'm sure the especially long size of the painting is too blame.

Good for you, for using leftover materials.

I really like the look of the metal twine that weaves down the painting. I'd love to see you do a piece made up mostly of metal wire.

What will you try next?