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Midsummer Regrouping

August 13, 2015

Something new is slowly percolating. I don’t know whether to just sit back and wait for more signs of forward movement, or to go rushing into the studio and do things with my hands until I figure out what’s going on. But there is a kind of excitement and anticipation of a shift in my art making. It’s starting to keep me awake at night.

I don’t want to bore you, but I need to explain a little bit about how this has all come about. After all, if you’re reading this, you are probably an artist and can relate to it all. So here goes.

For several years, I have been working along two tracks — one in collage . . .

New Collages 1

and the other in painting.

Panels 04_11_13

The painting side has mostly been very predictable, making pieces for a specific gallery. These paintings are unique and each stands on its own, but they work well together because of the uniformity of size and shape. So far, so good.

The collage half of it is fulfilling, because it involves instant gratification. It even gives me new perspectives and insights about painting. Collage is a great place to start the creative juices flowing.

But a third “way” is intruding into my thoughts. Larger scale paintings have been fewer and farther between, and the existing ones in my studio have felt like a burden due to the physical space that they occupy in my life. I have come so close (yes, that close) to destroying a number of them, but haven’t. They have no homes, and no one has stepped up to adopt them. So there they sit. These are just a few of them.

Studio Easel Paintings

So I think this is what’s happening: I feel the familiar urge to paint large again. If you’ve been with me for a long time, you’ve heard this before. A possible solution to this is to paint over some of my least favorite big paintings. I’ve already collected them in their own special corner for possible re-purposing. There is absolutely no need to buy new canvases. And in the end, it’s just for me anyway. I have no plans to take that show on the road. There is something very freeing in that.

That is the what. Here is the why . . .

I have declared this the last summer of my big garden. Just saying that out loud has opened up all kinds of new possibilities. Reclaimed time for new directions in art!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2015 5:57 pm

    I love that you are finding ways to change things for yourself. The one thing about that garden – fresh tomatoes and parsley from the back yard – you cannot find a replacement for them!

    • August 25, 2015 1:50 pm

      Kathleen, I’m planning to have a few of the essentials – just not as many different things as before. I agree — what would life be without fresh tomatoes and herbs from right out back?

  2. August 30, 2015 1:44 pm

    I can relate to what you are going about with big canvases: have put them aside partly from current lack of space to paint new 5 footers, etc. Painting over is wonderful-such great possibilities for background! Love what you are doing. Thanks, Doris

    • August 30, 2015 4:47 pm

      5 footers! Great to think about, Doris Marie. I might even have some canvases of that size that I could paint over. In fact, I know I do. Thanks for the encouragement.

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