Kat''s Nature

Kat's Nature Is To Be Creative - I Love Paint and Stuff

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sweet Home...Chicago

Yes... this is a Chicago man-hole cover
my son, Joe took this photograph a while back

Here is Joe's Photo

Joe requested of me to please recreate the manhole cover
 into a piece of wall art for his apartment,
where he now lives and works in another state.
He really misses the old stomping grounds of his college,
 and after-college years.
He has many friendships and many fun times there.
but does he want a lakefront painting or a painting of the downtown,
 or a painting of the sailboats on the lake ?...No 
He wants this man-hole cover - to hang on his wall
well, being the good mem-mem I am...

here is how I went about it
some of you out there are into seeing how paintings develop
what do you think of this , My
shades of grey art work

 I used white chalk to place in the areas to paint to
 have some what a balanced lay-out
but I wanted some irregularity and not
 perfect balance and replication.
then when the paint dries I would wipe off 
all the white chalk with a wet paper towel
 I toothbrush (ScoobyDoo one) splattered grey and 
purple/ grey paint all around the edges

at least it doesn't smell authentic



Joseph Griffin said...

HAH! That's awesome! I like the toothbrush method you used to give it that gritty look. I promise I wont' use it to stomp on :P Very cool! Thanks Mem!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that's cool! especially since your son wanted it! very nice!

NanaDiana said...

LOVE it! And I bet HE will love it, too. You did a great job, Kat! I love off-the-wall pieces like that- xo Diana

Incipient Wings said...

So cool!
What a great idea :)

Carola Bartz said...

I had to laugh about your last sentence!!! It's quite fascinating what can be turned into beautiful art - I liked to see your process and the final result. Very well done!!!

Anne Manda said...

Great idea, looks so modern and urban!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Interesting motiv! :-) Maybe it really is symbolizing the strolls around the neighborhood for your son.
Happy PPF

Irene Rafael said...

Ya never know what a son wants on his walls! I enjoyed seeing your process. Funny, in my post for ppf I mentioned a painting I did for my son who also lives in Chicago.

Linda said...

a fantastic!! painting. It's amazing how much it looks like the photo-great job!

Jen said...

Very cool--I love it!

JoyCorcoran said...

Manhole covers are pretty cool -- especially if you're a kid. They're like portals to some subterranean imaginary world. I think your painting captures that magic.

JKW said...

Very funny, our manhole covers in Chicago don't smell, lol. Good job of coming up with a good picture of it. Blessings, Janet PPF

Giggles said...

Wow I bet he'll love it!! Good job and seems like he has some good design taste too! I love that he wants things that represent who he is! It's an honor that he wants you to paint it...since he could just have the photo blown up and put on a canvas!!

Hugs Giggles

Michael B. Paolercio said...

Love this! And, believe it or not, man hole covers are rather popular items. There's a gentleman in Loveland who does pottery manhole covers and sells them all the time!

By the way ... Scooby-Doo toothbrushes are the best!

Keep up the grate work (hehe)