It’s a Saturday, when we were expecting six inches of snow to be on the ground, but no such luck. While I’m ruminating on deeper subjects to write about here, I thought I’d give a glimpse into what’s on the walls and under way in the basement.
I am usually working on more than one piece simultaneously. It’s a bit like cooking a complex meal. You are aware of various things simmering, waiting to be prepped and you jump in when something is needed. You are aware of the sequence of steps you take as they overlap and build towards some kind of conclusion. You act on impulse, you act on experience.
The two large pieces might eventually be stretched. And the small ones on the right are a continuation of the “Grasslands” series. (bonus- I recently got a new cart to store painting supplies and it rolls around so nice and is just the right height for me)
Working with oils asks for patience and a lot of reworking the way I use it. The larger pieces with so many stalks and movements in space also call for keeping it all straight in my conscious mind. I am creating a maze of overlapping elements, and also monitoring the overall movement/balance/spatial qualities/color…etc…etc. What appears to be spontaneous and instinctual can also ask for many small decisions- over and over.