Sunday, September 19, 2010

Free to Paint


Sunday Morning. I can never say that I have learned to paint. I am retired, my experience is with welding, joining steel together at the atomic level. Painting is altogether different, far more subtle but no less expressive. I am liking it a lot but haven't a clue as to what I am doing. I do this in my metal shop on the welding table or most often hanging on the steel wall I use for fabrication. I began just about a year ago, painting on sheets of copper because that is what I had.
Painting on metal is not like canvas at all where the paint absorbs fast and you can't move it around. The paint on metal is alive, mixes mysteriously and has a will of what it wants to be. I eventially ran out of the copper sheets and did this painting on kitchen foil. In a digital world I took a photo of it and it exists only in my computer. The original foil painting became gift wrap on a present to a friend.

5 comments:

  1. Well, hello Jerry, we finally get to 'talk' directly to you. I think you may know me from Ralphs blog.. but if not ... here I am..! We have Sherry in common... but also wanted you to know that my Dad was a welder and had a business..until he retired. He did fabricating and I have pictures of him working. He's gone now but the memories linger, and was the first thing I thought about when I read about you..
    I wanted to also wish you well in your recovery and keep busy with that paint no matter what you paint on!!!!! regards, Barbra Joan

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  2. Barbra Joan, thank you so much! Yes, I am learning that it is such a small world and it is full of talented, caring and wonderful people!

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  3. Wow Jerry, this is wonderful. What I can learn from you! I wanted to do something with my leftover copper sheets from my printing days this summer....unfortunately that did not pan out for many 'legitimate' reasons. But someday, I hope.
    Love what you did on this foil. This painting has spirit and vitality I strive for but seldom attain. Congratulations, hope the person you gave it too framed it!
    And thank you.....that is what I will do for Christmas wrap this year.....I will call the pieces 'Jerry's wrap'.
    So glad you are now cancer-free; not that we ever totally are; I know I live with the threat of its return. But hey, we all live with some threat.
    The courage and determination you showed through your trip into cancer-hell has been an inspiration to so many of us.
    So glad you are here and well!

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  4. Thank you Ruby! You will love painting on foil!
    It is so totally different from canvas or paper
    and you will discover the paint has a will of its own! Yes, I think we all get cancer every day and it is the strength and defences of the body to get rid of it. I hope I am strong enough now!

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