Progress is being made. I got back into the studio Thursday, took off for the show openings in Dallas Friday, met with TXWAXDallas on Sunday. So Monday was back to the studio day. I HAVE got to get back into the discipline I need for creating. It might just mean spending lots of time just piddling around… or any other thing I could do in the studio. …horrors, cleaning!
During the stress times moving and remodeling, I was working by preparing canvases. One or two times I even had a glimmer of an idea or two. On those days I put a ground and color tone on two long horizontal canvases, both 12 x 36″ long. I just started after that with making a mark. (You have to start somewhere…and this is it for me after the toning). One mark led to another and another with whatever mood the day had for me.
These canvases beckoned to me to tone them with a color no longer available from Golden paints…….Quinacradone Gold. I had a big jar and had hoarded it since there was no more. Hey….can’t hoard forever, why have it if not to use? If you’ve noticed, I have a lot of tree line and pasture land outside my windows, both in the house and the studio. They also beckoned to me and the marks made me think of them. This is a recurring theme for me before moving over here though so there is some comfort in making these marks that are symbolic to me I suppose.
Next was to decide on a palette of color emphasis. I had the gold tone but you can cover it all up or leave some revealed. So I just started mixing with a blue-green and gold emphasis. The only thing is…my intent goes out the window when I get to painting……..the painting will tell me if it wants to make a detour. I have to harness that impulse if I have a commission that needs certain colors, but without that constraint, I just go with it.
This is what I have for now with that diptych which will be measured at 12 x 72″ if left side by side horizontally like this.
A possible title came to mind………..Lyric . It was going to be a looking to spring time painting…but something happened along the way to the springtime greens.