At first I had intended to make a few more small oil paintings. To begin, I worked out some proportions...
... cut some strips from an old painting and laid them on the canvas. Then I became interested in how the strips looked, the random lines and shapes created by cutting up that old painting. So I coloured blue and purple and laid the cut strips down again, and liked it enough to go with it:
Below, the finished painting. It's a little one, 14x14 inches:
In order to further explore this aesthetic, I plan to destroy a number of older, unfinished, unsalvageable works and re-use the stretcher frames. Below, two paintings slated for destruction:
Above, the coloured canvas which will go onto the stretcher frames. That portion of old painting will be cut up for the strips... I think. We will see what transpires.
Sometimes I spend hours just shifting the cut bits around until they feel right. Getting the base colouring to resonate can also take a long time.
Well you know: time is not for saving. May as well spend time by shifting colours around!
Today I began in the studio about 9am, and I worked until I noticed the shadows lengthening.
Then I took a break and then I worked some more. Although they are only just slightly different from the work that went before, I am quite excited about the possibilities with these new paintings.
Earlier this week I taught an art class in which we made a couple of group collages.
Kids are so much fun, spontaneous and happy to try new creative processes. They are generally not too worried about what things "should look like", and just go with the flow of wherever the process takes them.
Between doing art classes with the schools and a couple of other commitments, I have less time now for the studio. On the flip side, when I do get into my own work I am feeling a bit more free.