10 October 2015

the list and the life

Last week I wrote about what I was going to do next in the studio.  I have a kind of running "studio to-do list"... It's more of an ideal game plan than a rigorous list.  Eventually everything does get done, but not always in the order I envision.  This week, 2 out of 3 things on the list got done.

Adding glaze layers to the small oil paintings: Check.  I worked on 9 of them but photographed just the 3 below:

abstract painter in Calgary AB Canada

Stitching the 16x16's: Nope, didn't do that.  

Contact galleries: Yup.  Now it's a waiting game.  Hope there's some interest; wish me luck!

Besides those tasks - and getting a load of dental work done, and finally having my hand ultrasounded and x-rayed and told "yes, this can be fixed" (whoosh of relief after 4 months of ambiguity) - I managed to do some more underpaintings of the splashy sort, a nice low-stress technique.

steel sky woman
6 underpaintings in all, pinned over one another.

After all the small stuff I've been doing, I am eager to make some larger works again.  In some way the splashy prep painting feels like a re-hash of the work I made for the "CHROMA" show at CKG... but that's OK, it's just the underpainting so far, and I have got some idea of how to push the aesthetic of the stitching part.

verna vogel

Above: exploring colour combinations

Below: details of an underpainting I worked on yesterday

abstract artist #yyc

steel sky woman

abstract artist #yyc

The cropped detail shots could almost be complete paintings in themselves, hey.  Hmmm....  I will have to keep this in mind.

I also did a couple more collages in my Book of Cities.  I think the students' work has informed my own, as these seem a bit different from the collages I made prior to doing the workshop.  I like that.

Start...           and         ...Finish

Below: I think I will do some colour washes over this one, to give it a bit more depth and to integrate the drawing and collage areas:

the book of cities

My "creative brain" has been keeping me company in the studio ever since I unearthed it a few weeks ago.  It hums along cozily while I work, and seems happy to be here.

abstract artist #yyc


And tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  My husband and I are hosting dinner this year and looking forward to it.  We have been talking about how fortunate we are: to live in this country; to have plenty of food in our garden and on our table; to be able to follow our creative pursuits; to celebrate love and family.  Life is not perfect, but it's good nonetheless.

A Happy Thanksgiving to you also, reader, wherever you may be.

:)
V





2 comments:

Patt Scrivener said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Enjoyed reading your post and seeing the photos!

Verna said...

Thank you Patt!! Your current show looks super beautiful! I know you and Uli will both get a really positive response to your works. Wish I could be there to see it in person.

xoxo
:)
V