I have been working on painting a chair for an auction to benefit Independent Animal Rescue in Durham.  It’s for a good cause, and it’s been a fun project, and I thought that I could share with you some of the process in creating my chair.

Here’s what I started with. It needs a lot of work, but has definite potential. I found this chair at the Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store.  I liked it because it seemed very sturdy and because it had some great painting surfaces. I also liked that it was upholstered, I paint in a very textural way, so I didn’t really want to paint on the seat as it might have been uncomfortable to sit on.

First things first, I removed the seat and set it aside to be re-upholstered later.  The chair is stained dark brown with a varnish finish. In order to create a good painting surface, I first need to sand off the layer of varnish. Some of the stain comes off too, but it wasn’t necessary to remove all of the stain as it would be easy to paint over. Removing the glue from the price tag took a little elbow grease.

I always start my paintings with an abstract under-painting, so on back of chair which would become my canvas, I started in the same way. Even the under-painting is done with a palette knife, so it is already a little textural. I plan to paint on both the front and the back of the chair. I painted the rest of the chair a satin black, similar to a picture frame.

back of chair
front of chair

Here’s the beginning of my first painting. The moon is a recurring feature in many of my compositions, so I wanted to include it. I chose to paint the beach, because it’s one of my favorite places in North Carolina.

With a painting of the moon reflecting on the ocean on the front of the chair, I decided to carry the moon theme over to the back. Being a midwest girl most of my life, I decided to go with a harvest moon. I re-upholstered the seat in a dark blue like the night sky in my paintings. Here’s a couple of pictures of the completed chair. I think I’ll call it simply “Full Moon”.

front of painted chair
back of painted chair

Independent Animal Rescue, (IAR) an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue headquartered in Durham, announces its fourteenth annual Painted Chair & More Auction Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W Cornwallis Road, Durham.

Tickets are $20 in advance at www.animalrescue.net or $25 at the door. Contact IAR at fundraising@animalrescue.net to sponsor the event or donate items.