Bench Seat Series

This project is part of my bench seat series including WIPs , which I chose to paint in an Abstract style and vivid color theme. In this post I began with two of three pieces. The final piece I worked on is sized to fit adults, while the first two are for the babies in our family. I started this series when I received wooden planks from my mother. I shudder at the thought of them going in the trash! I LOVE working on wood and have been doing so for quite some time. Re-purposing natural and found objects in Art-even more!! For these particular pieces, I used Liquitex Artists Acrylics-Permanent Pigment tubes. I’m not sure they even manufacture that line anymore, but I do know I trust their brand for quality acrylic paints and mediums. This type of paint was excellent for my bench seat series, as I wanted to stain the woods for an everlasting quality and of course, the exquisite saturation it upholds. Glazing was done with Zar-Interior Ultra Max, Waterborne, Oil Modified Polyurethane, in their Antique Flat finish type. It’s SUPER Matte! The best features are that it’s fast-drying, easy water clean up, low odor and perfect on exotic woods, including floors. I hope you enjoy them and contact me if you would like to commission any work for yourself or a loved one. Read on, enjoy the images and thanks again for visiting! Adriana

Color Rain, Adriana J. Garces Permanent Acrylic Pigments on Wood Plank 20-1/2" W x 11" D x 2" H
Color Rain, Adriana J. Garces
Permanent Acrylic Pigments on Wood Plank
20-1/2″ W x 11″ D x 2″ H
Taxi-1, Adriana J. Garces Liquitex Artist Acrylics-Permanent Pigments on Wood Plank 20-1/2" W x 11" D x 2" H
Taxi-1, Adriana J. Garces
Liquitex Artist Acrylics-Permanent Pigments on Wood Plank
20-1/2″ W x 11″ D x 2″ H
Beginning stages of “Taxi-1.”
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“Taxi-1” after completion of the first bench. It’s simple, yet very sturdy. The space underneath we use for children’s book selections. They also love hiding trinkets in there!
“Color Rain” right angle view
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“Color Rain” in its second layer, as I add abstract forms in pops of vivid oranges and reds. The first layers I applied in a glaze, to really show the wood’s gorgeous grain. This also gave me a mildly muted ground for all the brights I planned to overlay.
“Taxi-1” completed and “Color Rain” before mounting…side by side to show the color story I chose for this bench series.
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“Color Rain” in progress. 3/4 view.

 

Flip Flop,Turquoise side of a reversible bench seast. See Flip Flop Orange for its reverse.
Flip Flop,Turquoise side of a reversible bench seat. See Flip Flop Orange for its reverse.

 

Flip Flop, Orange side of a reversible bench seat. See Flip Flop Turquoise for the obverse.
Flip Flop, Orange side of a reversible bench seat. See Flip Flop Turquoise for the obverse.

 

It’s the grain I flip over when working on wood! In the WIPs, you might see how I try to keep as much of it visible as possible, while smoothing out any rough edges before and during the painting process. In keeping within their original character, I also love to show the wood’s integrity through all its natural knots, cracks, dents and any other previous markings.

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I hope to see you again soon!

Adriana

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