These are the four panels shown in progress in my previous post, now completed and already shipped to the gallery. I enjoyed the process and can’t wait to get started on more. Click on the image for a high-resolution zoom. Enjoy!
As artists we often struggle with the tension between isolation in our studios and the need to collaborate with other artists. This would have been a good week to have an artist or two over for tea — or wine — and ask them for some honest opinions. It’s not that we are necessarily going to follow our friends’ advice, but sometimes we just need a little more courage.
Case in point: these four 8 x 24″ panels that I’ve started, and to which I have added drips and splatters and then layers of texture.
Another day, further development, more texture.
At this point I looked and looked at them off and on for a whole day. Since I was in love with the texture and the play of light and dark contrasts, I was tempted to just let these be finished. That was when I needed someone here to tell me to stop, if that was truly what the paintings needed.
However, I have already committed to an idea, inspired by a triptych that I did a while back in panels of similar dimensions. That triptych is no longer here but I still have a good image of it. Those previous panels were broken up by irregular rectangular shapes, and I’m convinced that is the feeling I want. I don’t want “boring.” I want a little excitement .
So onward and upward I go. It was hard just starting on those beautiful pristine white panels. Now it’s just as hard to proceed from the beautiful backgrounds they’ve become. (Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, right?)
Thanks for being there. I’ll let you know what happens.
Works in progress in the studio this week – all are acrylics and texture on cradled panels, 8x8x2″ each. These are just the beginning of many layers of paint and texture.
And four more with just a base coat of gesso and added impasto
It’s at this point that I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of ways to resolve certain ones, and color combinations, and textures, and imagine a whole world of possibilities.
We’ve been back from vacation for a couple of weeks, with several things demanding our immediate attention on our return. Our most urgent concern has been our little senior Whippet, Abby. The day before we left, she had come down with a severe case of pancreatitis. I panicked and almost decided against leaving her, but our vet was the one who was already scheduled to board her and our other dog Angie anyway, so I finally was reassured she would be in good hands. In fact, she was in great hands. He called me every day to update me on her progress, and once even went out to buy her more of her favorite food. But she was still shaky on her feet when we got back, and has needed help getting back in when she goes outside. Abby is getting stronger every day now, and the cooler weather has lifted her mood. The world is made up of two kinds of people — those who see their pets as family, and the rest. We definitely count ourselves part of the first group. So when they hurt, I hurt. When they’re happy, I’m happy.
Before we left, I had ordered and received another box of a dozen 8″ square panels to work on, and put them under a table unopened. Last night I finally got out to the studio and unpacked them, taped off the edges, and applied a generous coat of gesso. Nice way to start a Monday.
Meanwhile, here are some closeups of some of the most recent ones I sent:
I’m hoping to get in some collage time this week as well. It’s nice to switch gears between collage and painting, especially since the paintings require a lot of drying time and waiting.
And finally, I wanted to share a video I just watched this morning. I love to get a little inspiration before heading out to the studio, so this is what I typically do until the spirit moves me to get up out of my chair, or until the second cup of coffee kicks in – whichever comes first. This one is great, because it has little germs of ideas for my own work, and is a fantastic kids’ art project. While you’re there, you might like to click on a couple more of the Blick videos.
Today we leave for a week with our youngest son and his family at the beach. We mostly see them once a year, and some years twice at best. It’s not easy when the little ones are growing and changing so fast. So we make the most of it when we can be together.
Last year they picked giant lima beans from my garden . . .
. . . and went on a river cruise, and splashed in the local splash pad. Just a normal family vacation at our place.
This time we will both drive for several hours to meet at a central beach location, which turns out to be Wilmington, North Carolina. Jim and I have been there before, and it’s a beautiful place. Should be fun. The two of us like road trips and finding little treasures along the way.
The paintings I was working on are sent off to the gallery, which is always bittersweet for me. I know I’ll likely never see them again. The gallery had recently sold more than these, so I need to start more of them when I get back. It’s always nice to have a “reason” to paint. Although, one never really needs a reason.
Here is a grouping of the complete collection that I sent this time. I’ll show you individual closeups in future posts. You’ve already seen the one with the black spatters, bottom row, second from left, in my previous post. If you click on this grouping and then click again to magnify, you can get a pretty good closeup of these.
Have a wonderful and creative upcoming week. See you at the end of the month.