Sunday, February 12, 2012

Quilt project


by Petar Meseldzija

A few months ago, while I was at IlluXcon, LizAnn Lizotte approached me and ask if I would be willing to participate in a quilt project. She asked all artists who were present at the show to do a sketch, or a painting, on a little square of cotton cloth. She would then put these painted patches together and make a quilt. When the job is finished, Pat Wilshire will auction it off to raise funds for art student scholarships.
Other artists of note included in the project are: Justin Gerard, Donato Giancola, Raoul Vitale, Omar Rayyan, Vincent Villafranca, Matt Stewart,  Jordu Schell,  John Harris, Chris Moeller,  Allen Williams, Jeremy Caniglia, Eric Velhagen, Tom Taggart, Didier Graffet,  Soutchay Soungpradith, among others.

So, I said yes, and brought my piece of cloth home, in order to make a quick oil sketch of…something. The size of the cotton patch was about 4 ½ X 4 ½ inch, or 11 X 11 cm. The deadline for delivering the painted patch was the beginning of January, but because of my busy schedule, I was not able to meet the due date. Then, at the beginning of February, when I was asked if my little sketch was finished, I felt bad about not keeping my promise and decided to “punish” myself by making a little painting, instead of making just a quick sketch in color. So, I did this little painting of a silly giant.



I was surprised to discover how much fun I had while making this little painting. The cotton cloth was very finely woven and it was surprisingly easy and joyous to apply the oil color to it. I than realized that I could do some little experiments and try to find out how this miniature format would fit me. The experience was very refreshing and insightful and I decided to do more of this kind of little silly paintings. If my busy schedule permits it, I might do a couple of them and bring it with me to the Spectrum Live show. So, if you have always dreamed of having an original Meseldzija in your collection, but did not have enough funds to finance this dream, this is your chance. With the help of just a couple of hundred bucks you might persuade me to sell one of these little paintings to you.
See you in Kansas City in May!

10 comments:

  1. Looks like a tired monday morning giant, I love it! Fantastic brushwork as usual!

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  2. Hehe, how gracious of you to think of those with a "dream of having an original Meseldzija".

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    1. Vladimir, If this is also one of your dreams, you can easily fulfill it with the help of PayPal and 300 Euro.

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  3. I primarilly work digitally, so excuse my ignorance, but isn't oil directly on the cotton going to cause issues from a logevity standpoint? I thought that was why canvas was typically sealed before painted on these days.

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  4. I'm with Vladimir here. I want a little painting of yours SO badly!!!

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    1. Rafael, contact me and I will see what I can do for you . As I just said to Vladimir, PayPal and a few hundred Euros can be a way to fulfill you wish.

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  5. This guy is great, beautiful work Petar!

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  6. Can't wait to see more, in person.

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  7. Petar, could you detail how you painted on that little piece of cloth? Did you gesso it or go straight on with oil? Do you know what kind of fabric it was? Just a standard 'bed sheet' sort of fabric?

    I'm asking because I'd like to try it myself.

    Thanks!

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    1. Michael, it is just a piece of very finely woven cotton cloth, that I covered with two layers of Gesso. Nothing special. The thing is that I have been painting mostly on smooth wooden boards, or on canvas, for so long. But this was, as I just said, finely woven fabric, and therefore when I applied the paint to it, the paint behaved a little different than when it’s applied on the smooth board, or less refined canvas. Although it might be a very subtle difference for some, it was a little discovery for me. A few days ago I bought a piece of even more refined cotton fabric. I intend to glue it to the MDF board and make a few painting on that surface.

      Thanks for the comments, Guys!

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