08 January 2020

Small adjustments

Well, hello there!
It's time to make another blog post.

Yesterday I installed my Fragile Planets at the OAG.

Today I got back into my studio.  I'd been working on some small oil colour studies, applying the paint quite thickly.  Last week I tried translating some of that onto a larger canvas, with less than stellar results.

steel sky woman mobile painting oil on canvas
Not quite right, is it.
Let it sit awhile, while I prep and install the Fragile Planets...

steel sky woman mobile painting oil on canvassteel sky woman mobile painting oil on canvas
... Today I added a bit of pattern, some of it very subtle.  I find it interesting to create subtle effects with bright colour.  This is not always possible, so I feel happy when it works.

steel sky woman mobile painting oil on canvas
Better orientation, don't you think?  This painting may be finished.
(oil on canvas, 23x25")

steel sky woman studio abstract painting oil
A more accurate photo for colour, with less glaring light.
I really need to wash those brushes...

A yellow painting made last month.  After many weeks of teaching, I flew into the studio and released my pent-up anxiety.  This painting was made in one fell swoop, and it may be finished!  Just like that!  *laughs*

Acrylic on canvas, 40x40"

Another one from last month, still in progress.
Acrylic on canvas, approx. 30x52"

And look, there are our names on the marquee.
That gives a nice feeling.

Thank you for reading.  Hope your new year's off to a good start too.


Barbara Muir said...

Happy New Year! I love your painting both ways. Artists are so hard on
themselves. Your work is beautiful, and I love the second painting too. Gorgeous.
I've been thinking of you in the past few days and wishing you lived here. But of course I'd drive you crazy with questions. LOL.


Verna Vogel said...

Hello Barbara,

Happy New YEar to you, too!! Nah, questions don't drive me crazy, in fact it's more the lack of questioning that does that. *laughs*

Thanks you so much for your compliments on my work. I have to be hard on my work though, because I realized long ago no one else is going to, and I do want to maintain standards of excellence. And I laugh at my own seriousness saying that, but there it is.


Barbara Muir said...

I love the expression "standards of excellence." I think of Jackson Pollack and the spatters. Imagine thinking about standards doing that energetic work. And I hear you. I do try and do work I love. That's my standard of excellence. Other people will think whatever they do. I want to love what I do.

I do love what you do. And I would bug you with questions. On and on. Verna? Verna? You'd delete my number. No you'd block me! lol.

Keep painting girl! Awesome.


Verna Vogel said...

Barbara, we should exchange cel numbers because I would bug you with questions too :-)