Covid Creativity: 2Nov2020

by Brenda Kennedy

A while ago I started painting shard fragments and torn paper on small wood panels. It was interesting but what was even more interesting was wrapping the paint over the edges. It seemed like the painting wanted to be a sculpture and I liked the way this idea tickled my brain. 

white shard wrap, oil on cradled wood panel, 5 x 5 x 1.5 in.

A 3-dimensional painting. Hmmm… 

Is it a painted sculpture or a sculptural painting? And since I’m into 3-D illusion, it seems like a natural direction to go in.

torn paper and two knobs, oil on cradled wood panel, 5 x 5 x 1.5 in.  

Sometimes it’s more fun to play. Painting can be so serious. I need to take a break from it now and again. Not that I paint continuously or anything like that. But I mean the subject matter. What to paint and why?

sharp wrap with torn paper, oil on cradled wood panel, 5 x 5 x 1.5 in.

Recently I became distracted with barn quilts, with their visual geometry and pattern. I painted some on the small wood panels and liked that they could be put together.

barn quilts #1, #2, #3. Photo Milo Smith.

Two 6 x 6 x 1.75 in., one 5 x 5 x 1.75 in. Photo Milo Smith.

Collectif members, send an image (or a few) of very recent work to with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling & how creativity helps. We’d like an informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.


  1. Question: when you say ‘cradled wood panel’, is that the paint being wrapped over the edges?
    I love the stacked barn quilts.


  2. I am looking forward to seeing your mixed torn paper creations in real life and from all angles. And you are right….sometimes it is more fun to just play! I love the barn quilts.


  3. Quilt patterns fascinate me, too. I’m working on a mat made up of quilt blocks. I found these on McCall’s Quilt block site. The blocks were original designed by housewives who found quilting a practical way to bring beauty into their busy, demanding lives.



  4. Great to see you further exploring a favourite subject matter and taking it further. Around the bend, as it were.
    The quilt pieces area great. I like the 3D idea given that we understand quilts to be flat.
    All beautifully painter, as usual.
    Wonderfully photographed by Milo.


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