This is the painting that started the experiment. I incorporated coffee filters into this piece because of the subject of the painting. I even used some coffee grounds. This painting was hung over the kitchen table on Stevens Street where I had coffee most days with my mom. This was her Fiestaware, my Paul Rever stainless, and the lid of the pot is appropriately stained with coffee. Our four o'clock coffee time was an important weekday ritual.
My default style of painting is realism. It's what naturally comes out of my brushes. In an effort to "loosen up," I tried using pieces of torn coffee filters glued to the canvas with Mod Podge. This added texture and direction when I applied the paint (acrylic and/or oil). I had the basic shape in mind and would sketch that, and from there the painting evolved. It was great fun. The shape in this one is a Gurgle Pot, and the fish just appeared as I painted.
This majestic oak tree moved to Athens, GA, with my nephew Cody. I tried to capture the tree's deep green leafiness. It was an AWESOME oak!
Oak on Second Creek, West Virginia - coffee filter mosaic
24 x 34 acrylic on canvas
I jokingly call this this process Javart.