28th May 2023 Beena
Hello everyone🙂🙂. I wish to describe this painting which I did on particle board. Many asked me if this was an oil painting. The answer is no; I needed multiple mediums to create it😊😊. I will describe the process. I got the picture from Pinterest. My art teachers Stella and Jia Yang came up with the idea of using multiple mediums.
First, I prepared the board with gesso. Gesso is the primer for the surface to prevent the paint from soaking the base like canvas. A mixture of chalk and glue gives gesso. The Italian word for chalk is gesso. But here, I used gesso to create a texture for the base. Then I used ink for the light wash for the sky and the buildings. I painted the rest of the painting with acrylic.
I liked the composition of a shanty town in the foreground with sparking swanky high-rise buildings in the background. The cherry blossom trees were the focal point here; rising amid the shanty town was delightful. Often shanty towns are invisible as it depicts the entrenched poverty in all societies. The invisibility is because we cannot solve this monumental crisis. So, what we “can’t see” does not exist.
However, the covid pandemic highlighted the need for their existence. Without them, many of the daily chores became magnified🤔🤔🤔. It was a global reality, and leaders had to handle that sensitively. Now that the pandemic is over, we are back to our everyday lives, and they have once again become invisible. Maybe if we viewed them as cherry blossoms, life may be different, they will remain visible. I would love to read your thoughts on this topic🙏🙏.