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Painting For Future Needs

January 5, 2009
haiku-66-smHaiku 66 – Acrylic on cradled panel, 8 x 8 x 2″

Today I’m working on ten pieces at a time. Because drying time is so slow with the thick and usually very textural application of acrylics, when I work on multiples there are almost always a few that I can do something on while others are drying.

I hate when I paint myself  into a corner by having all of them drying at the same time, or by running out of panels.

It’s so nice to have plenty of supports on hand so that I can work ahead of the needs of the galleries. I don’t like to be in a situation where I’m rushing to get work out. That’s really never a good thing. My panels are all ordered online, so if I get out of them I’m completely stuck until I get more.

With panels and supplies readily at hand I have time. Time to slow down and think, to further develop ideas that are so elusive if I can’t show up for them on a daily basis.

So far my plan of simplifying is working out. Now I hope I can just remember how good this feels.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2009 6:07 am

    Ah, “working ahead of the needs of galleries”. . . what a great position to be in.

  2. January 6, 2009 8:11 am

    I’m jealous!
    I’m ITCHING to be in the studio, but I’m still cleaning up from the holiday family shanty town (there were folk everywhere!) and have a gallery meeting tonight.

    I hope to get in there tomorrow!!!

  3. January 6, 2009 8:19 am

    Lovely work! I too enjoy working on multiple pieces at the same time.

  4. January 6, 2009 8:44 am

    Yeah Mary – it’s rare but I’m liking it!

    John, don’t you hate painting withdrawal? I sure do.

    Thank you Robin. I’m really enjoying working this way. Even on the large canvases.

  5. January 6, 2009 10:22 am

    First , thank you for reminding me about Model past II tried some of this in a new series I have started on islands from the air, drying takes a couple odays, will have to post some photos on my blog soon.
    Do you have Polyfilla in the States? This is interesting to use and drys very quick and you can build up strutures good for mountains or cliffs, basicaly this is used for filling in cracks and can be found in hardware stores,


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