Painting Magic Hecksagons with Kristin Farr | KQED Arts

Painting Magic Hecksagons with Kristin Farr | KQED Arts


[email protected][email protected]! Farr: HI, I’M KRISTIN FARR, AND I LIKE TO PAINT
THESE GEOMETRIC DESIGNS. AND I’M GONNA SHOW YOU
HOW TO MAKE ONE OF YOUR OWN. TRADITIONALLY,
THESE WERE CALLED HEX SIGNS, PAINTED BY PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH
FOLK ARTISTS ON THEIR BARNS FOR DECORATION. SO I’M GONNA GO AHEAD
AND DECORATE THIS WALL BEHIND ME AND ADD A LITTLE
MAGIC HEXAGON TO IT. [email protected][email protected]! SO FIRST WE NEED TO
MAKE A CIRCLE. AND I COULD JUST HOLD THIS
UP TO THE WALL AND TRACE IT. THIS IS JUST AN UNFINISHED
TABLETOP FROM HOME DEPOT. BUT I’M GONNA SHOW YOU HOW
TO MAKE A CIRCLE THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
USING A HAMMER, A NAIL, A STRING, A CRAYON,
IN THIS CASE, ALTHOUGH YOU COULD USE A PENCIL,
AND SOME PAINT, AND RULER. FIRST THING WE’RE GONNA DO
IS PUT THE NAIL IN THE WALL, AND THAT’S GONNA BE THE CENTER
OF YOUR CIRCLE. I’M NOT GONNA PUT IT IN
THE WHOLE WAY, JUST ABOUT HALF, JUST SO IT STAYS, SO IT STICKS. SO THE NAIL’S IN THERE —
THAT’S YOUR ANCHOR. AND I HAVE A STRING
TIED TO A CRAYON. NOW, I’M GONNA TIE THE OTHER END
OF THE STRING TO THE NAIL. AND I WANT TO TIE IT
PRETTY TIGHT. SO ONCE YOU HAVE THE STRING
AND THE CRAYON, CHALK, OR PENCIL ALL TIED UP, YOU CAN KIND OF PANTOMIME
DRAWING THE CIRCLE TO SEE IF IT’S THE SIZE
THAT YOU WANT. SO THIS LOOKS PRETTY GOOD TO ME. IT’S KIND OF BIG,
BUT IT’S GONNA LOOK REALLY NICE. AND IT SHOULD MEET
WHERE YOU STARTED, WHICH, I WAS A LITTLE OFF,
BUT IT’S PRETTY CLOSE. FOR THIS PARTICULAR HECKSAGON, I’M GONNA SAVE A LITTLE TIME
BY FILLING IT ALL IN ONE COLOR BEFORE I DRAW THE DESIGN ON. AND IN THIS CASE, I’M GONNA
USE A COLOR CALLED FEATHER GOLD, BECAUSE I LIKE THE NAME
AND IT’S A NICE YELLOW. [email protected][email protected]! THAT’S THE BASE
OF OUR MAGIC HECKSAGON. IT LOOKS LIKE
A LOVELY YELLOW MOON. ALL RIGHT, SO NOW THAT OUR
CIRCLE IS DRY AND THE SUN’S OUT, WE’RE READY TO DRAW OUR DESIGN. WE HAVE A RULER AND, AGAIN,
THE SAME CRAYON. SO, WHERE YOU PUT THE NAIL
IN THE MIDDLE, THAT’S THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE. SO THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GONNA USE
AS YOUR ANCHOR POINT. NOW, I WANT TO PUT THE RULER
STRAIGHT ACROSS. AND I’M JUST KIND OF GONNA EYE
IT OUT AND SEE WHAT LOOKS LEVEL. HOW’S THAT?
IS THAT ALL RIGHT? OKAY, SO I’M JUST GONNA DRAW
A STRAIGHT LINE ACROSS AND USE MY STRAIGHT EDGE
TO MAKE A GOOD LINE. NOW, THIS WALL
IS PRETTY TEXTURED, SO IT HELPS TO HAVE
A DULL DRAWLING TOOL SO THAT IT DOESN’T MOVE AROUND
SO MUCH WHEN I HIT THE BUMPS. SO NOW I HAVE
MY HORIZONTAL LINE. I’M GONNA DO MY VERTICAL LINE. PRETTY MUCH IN THE MIDDLE. SO NOW I STARTED MY PIE, AND I WANT TO DIVIDE
EACH PIECE OF PIE INTO TWO. [email protected][email protected]! I’M JUST KIND OF TRYING
TO DIVIDE IT FAIRLY EVENLY. BUT, AGAIN, IF YOU
WANTED SOMETHING PERFECT, YOU WOULD MAKE IT
ON THE COMPUTER. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR LAST LINE. OUR PIE IS A LITTLE BIT UNEVEN.
THAT’S OKAY. [email protected][email protected]! SO NOW THAT WE
DIVIDED UP THE PIE, I’M GONNA MAKE
SOME MEASUREMENT MARKS THAT WILL BE MY GUIDE
FOR THE LINES I’M GONNA DRAW. SO, AGAIN, THE CENTER OF
MY CIRCLE IS WHERE THE NAIL WAS, THIS HOLE, AND I’M GONNA MAKE
A MARK EVERY THREE INCHES ON EACH LINE. ONE, TWO, THREE. I CHANGED TO USING A PENCIL IN CASE I WANT TO CHANGE
THE MEASUREMENTS OF ANY OF THE MARKS
OR IN CASE I MESS UP, I CAN ERASE IT. ONE, TWO, THREE. AND THEN I MAKE THE MARK. AND THEN I’M GONNA DO THAT
ALL THE WAY AROUND. SO I’M GONNA CONNECT
THESE POINTS THAT I JUST MADE WITH MY PENCIL. I’M GONNA START ON
THE SHORT POINT AND THEN CONNECT TO
THE SIX-INCH MARK. SO THREE-INCH TO SIX-INCH… ALL THE WAY AROUND. I’M GONNA SWITCH TO
MY CLEAR RULER JUST BECAUSE IT’S
A LITTLE EASIER TO HANDLE AND I CAN SEE THROUGH IT. SO, AGAIN,
I’M JUST CONNECTING MY… THREE-INCH MARK
TO SIX-INCH MARK. SO NOW ON THE NEXT ROUND, I’M SORT OF MAKING
A STAR WITHIN A STAR. SO I’M GONNA CONNECT
EACH OF THE POINTS TO THE STAR IN THE MIDDLE TO THE SIX-MARK
FROM HERE TO HERE. AND I’M GONNA DO THAT
ALL THE WAY AROUND. [email protected][email protected]! SO NOW I’M GONNA DO THE SAME
THING ON THE NEXT LAYER, WHICH IS CONNECT
THE POINT OF THE STAR TO THE NEXT SIX-INCH MARK.
AND WHEN I SAY SIX INCHES, I MEAN SIX INCHES
FROM BETWEEN THE POINTS. SO I’M JUST GONNA DO THAT
ALL THE WAY AROUND AGAIN. [email protected][email protected]! SO NOW I’M GONNA GO
ALL THE WAY AROUND AGAIN. I’M GONNA CONNECT
THE LAST POINT OF THE LAST STAR TO THE OUTER EDGE
OF THE CIRCLE. ALL RIGHT.
SO THAT’S OUR LAST ONE. AND NOW OUR HECKSAGON
IS COMPLETELY DRAWN IN. NOW WHAT I’M GONNA DO NEXT
IS I’M GONNA GO IN AND JUST ERASE SOME OF
THESE TICK MARKS I MADE. JUST GET RID OF THEM A LITTLE. THIS IS KIND OF A CRUMMY ERASER. YOU CAN REALLY PAINT OVER
THE LINES. IF I WAS DRAWING THIS
ON A CANVAS, I WOULD ERASE THE LINES
JUST SO I COULD BARELY SEE THEM, SO THAT I DON’T HAVE
TO COVER THEM. LIKE, I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY
ABOUT DOING A LOT OF LAYERS OF PAINT TO COVER THE LINES. ALL RIGHT, SO NOW I’M READY
TO GET PAINTING. I POURED A LITTLE LATEX PAINT
INTO THIS CUP. THIS COLOR IS CALLED
DRAGON FRUIT. AND WHEN I START IN THE MIDDLE, I’M GONNA USE THIS
SMALL CHISEL-TIP BRUSH TO GET INTO THE CORNERS
OF THE SHAPES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HECKSAGON. IT’S HELPFUL TO HAVE
A FEW DIFFERENT SIZE BRUSHES, AND A DAMP RAG IN CASE
YOU DRIP ON THE WALL OUTSIDE OF THE CIRCLE
OR, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO CLEAN UP
ANY MISTAKES. THE BEAUTY OF USING
LATEX OR ACRYLIC PAINT IS THAT YOU CAN WIPE IT AWAY
REALLY EASILY WITH A DAMP RAG. SO WHAT I’M GONNA DO
IS I’M GONNA PAINT EVERY OTHER SHAPE
IN THE NAUTICAL STAR. [email protected]!!!musiC@! [email protected]! HI [email protected]! [email protected]! HI [email protected]! AND YOU CAN SEE I’M LEANING THE
HEEL OF MY HAND ON THE WALL, AND THAT HELPS STEADY MY HAND. HELPS ME PAINT A LITTLE BIT
STRAIGHTER LINES. SO NOW I’M GONNA GO IN, AND I’M GONNA DO
THE SECOND LAYER OF STAR. AND I’M GONNA SWITCH TO
A LITTLE BIT BIGGER BRUSH. AND, AGAIN, JUST GONNA
GO AND DO EVERY OTHER ONE. SEE, THERE’S TWO SHAPES,
TWO SHAPES, TWO SHAPES. I’M GONNA DO EVERY OTHER ONE. SAME COLOR — DRAGON FRUIT. [email protected][email protected]! [email protected]! HI [email protected]! [email protected]! HI [email protected]! [email protected]! HI [email protected]! [email protected]! HI [email protected]! SO NOW I’M GONNA GO DO
THE NEXT LAYER. AGAIN, WITH THIS PINK. NOW I’M USING MY ELBOW
TO STEADY MY ARM. ONCE YOU GET TO THE OUTER EDGE, IT’S HARD TO PUT YOUR HAND HERE
FOR BALANCE ‘CAUSE YOU’LL STICK IT
IN THE WET PART. NOW WE’RE READY FOR
THE NEXT ROW. [ CHUCKLING ] OKAY.
SO I GOT ALL THE PINK ON. THE NEXT THING I’M GONNA DO IS
I’M GONNA GO BACK IN WITH THE YELLOW, AND I’M GONNA COVER UP
THESE LITTLE SMUDGE MARKS. I COULD HAVE ERASED THEM BEFORE, BUT I CAN ALSO JUST ERASE THEM
WITH THE MAGIC OF PAINT. I’M ALSO KIND OF COVERING UP
THE GREEN CRAYON THAT’S STILL SHOWING
FROM OUR DRAWING. SO THE LAST THING I’M GONNA DO
IS CLOSE OUT THE SHAPE. YOU CAN SEE HERE
THERE’S A YELLOW TRIANGLE, BUT IT’S NOT FINISHED
AND CLOSED OFF. SO I’M GONNA GO AROUND THE WHOLE
BORDER AND PUT IN A NICE BLUE. ALSO KNOWN AS ICE GREEN,
ALSO KNOWN AS SHORELINE GREEN. [email protected][email protected]! IT’S NICE TO JUST MAKE A BORDER AND KIND OF ENCLOSE THE STAR
SHAPE. SO THERE YOU HAVE IT — A VERY BASIC,
THREE-COLOR MAGIC HECKSAGON. I THINK AS AN ARTIST, IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT
TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND TRY TO MAKE YOUR STYLE OF
WORK IN NEW AND DIFFERENT WAYS. SO SOMETIMES I’LL PAINT THESE
ON A SMOOTH PIECE OF WOOD. BUT IT’S A REAL CHALLENGE
FOR MYSELF TO PAINT IT LARGER AND ON
A TEXTURED SURFACE. BUT THERE ARE ENDLESS
POSSIBILITIES. YOU CAN DO
ALL DIFFERENT DESIGNS, YOU CAN EXPERIMENT
WITH THE SIZES OF SHAPES, YOU CAN USE ENDLESS AMOUNTS
OF COLORS, AND THERE ARE REALLY INFINITE
POSSIBILITIES TO MAKING THESE. AND IT’S REALLY FUN. [email protected][email protected]!

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