Well, I sure am missing the weather I was around during my week 1 self portrait. With all this snow, I’ve been wanting to get out and shoot, but things have been pretty messy, to say the least! It’s freezing (ok, so it actually wasn’t that bad today, but it’s been freezing), there’s snow and slush everywhere, and my car has a tire that keeps deflating, so I’m not gonna push it. Today, I thought I would just run with this theme, and give it a go with the resources I had.
With all the weather related problems in the area, I didn’t want to have the same issues I had last year and miss a chance to do another “red” theme. I still have my original idea for that one, but also still have my original problem, lack of model, with a new problem, lack of location. I’ll get it eventually, but for now, I’ll just tuck that one back in the memory/idea bank.
So, red. I woke up early-ish this morning, and started mixing some red paint with a little bit of water. With the massive amounts of snow around the yard, and some of them making some interesting wall-like shapes, I thought it would be fun to use those to my advantage, and make something creative. So with my gooey red paint, and all bundled up, I started splashing paint around, which really didn’t work as well as I thought it would. With as much snow as we had, and the fact that it’s been sitting there for a few days, I figured it would be kind of frozen and give me a good surface. On the contrary, the snow was really light and fluffy on the top, so the paint pretty much disappeared. Good thing I’m cautious, because I didn’t just go and dump all my paint in one spot, so I had a couple more chances to try it again. Eventually, I started getting the shapes and brightness that I wanted, and though it didn’t look like the paint was sitting on top of the snow, you could see it much better at this point.
I worked in two areas with this. Once was completely flat, pristine, untouched snow, which, with all it’s fluffiness, didn’t work out as well as I thought it would. As I was investigating the yard, I found a few dried plants sticking out of the wall-like areas, so I decided to drown them in red paint. This worked much better in my opinion. You can really see the gooey texture on the plants while still getting some interesting textures and designs in the snow as well. And since this is in the “artistic” category of the challenge, I’m happy with how slightly creepy these turned out as well 🙂 I showed them to a friend of mine who doesn’t always like the “weird and dark” things I do, and she said she felt inspired to write a murder mystery. Thanks? Thanks; I’ll take it as a compliment, because I know what it looks like! So enjoy my fun, messy, paint experiment!