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Getting Unstuck

December 10, 2008


Haiku 60
Acrylic on Cradled Panel
8 x 8 x 2″

All kinds of inspiration is floating around today, and not much to work with, unless I get out some unstretched canvas or some paper, plenty of which is around the studio.

Well, I do have those little skinny panels, which I really do need to decide to tackle.

But somehow the inspiration is coming in a form that needs to be expressed on canvas or paper. The panels with encrusted textures are one thing in my mind, and the canvases are another. I want my canvases to be light and airy and gestural and filled with passages of luminous color. So those are the visions dancing in my head right now.

If you remember that big blue one, it’s still sitting out there waiting to be finished. I could try to work on that some more, except that I got stuck. Maybe I can get unstuck today. Here it is in its current state. Not so blue any more, I’m thinking.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2008 7:12 pm

    Best of luck on getting unstuck! the airy blue looks promising already to me!
    Thanks so much for the canvas stretching tips and utuble link. Most helpful!
    I have enjoyed the development of your Haiku series and will be looking forward to where you go next!

  2. December 10, 2008 7:28 pm

    Thanks Elis. For everybody else who didn’t see this in a previous post on this blog, this is my favorite video about how to stretch a canvas:

  3. December 10, 2008 7:33 pm

    Ahhhh…Creative Limbo!
    I know the place all too well my friend.

    You’ll bust through brilliantly. 😉

  4. December 11, 2008 4:25 am

    The big blue one is looking wonderful Martha. How’s the “unstuck” coming along?

    • December 11, 2008 1:23 pm

      Cath, I bit the bullet and resumed work on it today! It’s turning bluer. And I’m liking it. Photo tomorrow perhaps.

  5. December 11, 2008 1:27 pm

    Thanks Elis – glad you could use that canvas stretching info. I really like that video.

    John — I think sometimes we have to just “do” someting and see what happens, don’t you?

  6. December 11, 2008 8:17 pm

    Sometimes I find when I’m stuck it’s best to make some “baby steps”. Get some paint onto something in a playful way but don’t try to actually make a “painting”. It’s a non-threatening way to loosen up. Also, working in some other medium or on another piece that I’m not stuck on – sounds like you’re doing that with your blue (or not) piece.

    Funny how some mediums make it easy for a piece to go through many different lives (like oils) while others (watercolor) live a simpler, more straightforward life – for better or worse!

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