It's Thanksgiving and I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for my family, friends, followers, and art collectors. I'm looking forward to sharing more of my life as an artist. I feel like I'm finally getting some momentum going. Lots of good things coming my way pretty soon. The barn painting here, is my latest painting. This was a barn I took a photo of in North Carolina many years ago. I often go through my photos from way back and use them for compositions in my new paintings. That's all for now. be safe, eat lots of good food, and be thankful for your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!
Well I'm trying to get back to the studio long enough to be productive again. I've been working on a few things for the production of Nutcracker this week for the Dance Theater of TN. Tomorrow I'll go make sure that the couple of props I built work properly and then I can get back to painting. Today I have spent some time working on a few panels. I'm going to try a new surface for my paintings. I like a lot of contrast between the image and the background, so I put paper on my panel instead of using milk paint or the raw plywood. This allows me to paint a more vibrant color. In this case I'm using a very watered down acrylic as my base color. Because the paint is watered down the paper still has some bite to hold the beeswax. The problem with the milk paint, sometimes, is that it isn't as vibrant. It's perfect for some subjects, but I have been wanting a little more pop in the overall presentation. I'm also going to play with mounting canvas to a panel and see how well it works. I'm always experimenting. Seems like I may never settle on one form of creating. I guess thats a good thing:-)
Well, it's Friday and I'm looking forward to my roadtrip. The opening for Art2 is tomorrow night in Fort Wayne, IN at Artworks The Galleria. I've done a few extra 8 x 8 paintings, mostly because I had the panels prepared, but also because I'm kind of liking that the smaller paintings are finished pretty quick. Next week I plan on working on a larger piece. I haven't picked out the composition yet, but I'm probably going to stick with Architecture. I might even revisit one of the compositions from the Art2 collection. I'll let you know as soon as I make up my mind. Whatever I do, I need to start working towards a series that I can use in a future show. If I don't get focused on something soon I'll end up all over the place with my subjects. Maybe that's my new topic, randomness:)
I'm still painting the smaller panels! I want to paint large, but I do have a few more small panels. I guess I should go ahead and use the ones with wax. It's been cool woking this small and now I feel a little nervous about going to the larger panels. I guess I'll go to something about 16 x 20 and then work my way up. I'd like to paint a 48" x 48" panel in the near future. I'm curious how the details will translate that large. Maybe we'll see soon!
I've got to spend a couple days in the garage. The funny thing is, I still want to be in the studio painting, but I think it's good for me to mix it up a little. I've been working on some assemblage pieces to submit to a show at MTSU. Another exhibit that restricts the size of the work. I'm wondering how I will handle getting to work as big as I want after doing these shows with restrictions. I hope this doesn't make me freeze up. I notice there are times I do better with restrictions. It makes me focus. When I have free reign, I tend to loose control of my creative thought. I wonder in all directions and never settle on one path. Maybe not this time! I've gotten two of these assemblages complete, might try a couple more and then work on a piece of furniture, or two. After that, I'm back to waxing panels. I'd like to have a couple of new paintings
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