Earlier in the month Beverly asked for input from our group regarding coming up with concepts and generating ideas for these pieces. One of the things I mentioned to her was that barring my ability to find something personally meaningful in the photo, I might try and see how I could turn the photo into a venue for one of my favorite subjects-children. The fence seemed to be the starting point and when I came across the image of the children, well, that was what I decided to go with. My personal challenge was painting those children's images since I hadn't done this yet.
For those interested, it is extremely difficult to cover large areas of fabric with acrylic paint that has not been watered down with some type of medium. The fabric just doesn't perform like a canvas and even with the medium, you get bare spots and lots of feathering. Chalk pastels were the answer for additional coverage and they provided an unexpected depth of color too, an added bonus.
Lastly, I did an additional piece which can be found on my blog here. If you haven't already, please have a look at the piece and the comments to see what we all thought about it:)