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:
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.
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.
Above: exploring colour combinations
Below: details of an underpainting I worked on yesterday
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:
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.
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.