So this is what those little canvasses ended up looking like!!!
I never know when I start out - and that is precisely what I love : the surprise and the sense of discovery as I let the painting decide where we are going; it is a lot of fun when it seems to flow along fairly smoothly as sometimes happens ----- but can also be extremely frustrating and upsetting when what I think is what the painting wants, turns out to be totally wrong - and I can't figure out how to fix it. Sometimes it really is like pulling teeth and I wonder why on earth I'm doing this?
And then all of a sudden something clicks, often after days or weeks of struggle, and I realize what I should have been doing instead - the sense of relief and joy when the painting is finally finished and I know that nothing more is needed but may actually do more harm than good - is indescribable!! And then I know why.
So now I feel empty and unsettled and wondering: what next???
What a great day - sunny, cool and crisp! The dogs and I had a very pleasant walk in the park this morning - and I think that my "Post Show Funk" is lifting! A day like this definitely helps.
I started these little 8" x 8" last night and they came to this level this morning, but they need a bit more work before they are finished. I always have trouble with little canvasses - I feel too constrained and tend to overwork them to pieces - but I have found out that it helps if I do several at the same time; that way it is almost as if I were working on a bigger canvas. They will be individual pieces though part of a family - siblings if you will - and they are meant to go into a pre-Christmas group show at the Fort Gallery starting on Dec. 4.
I have to do a few more ---------- and then I have a large canvas waiting for me!
But first things first - it is a deliscious thought though!
OK, I have decided to finally try my hand at this Blog thing - though I'm not quite sure how to go about it! The thing is, that if I don't like it I can always delete it again - but have patience with me until I get the hang of it.
I have just come home after an exciting afternoon at the East Side Culture Crawl in Vancouver and am overwhelmed by the sheer amount of quality artwork displayed in the numerous artists' studios - although it was impossible to see more than a fairly small number of them. Only drawback was that it was extremely crowded which took some of the enjoyment away and believe me, the parking was quite a challenge.
I was, of course, mainly interested in the painters, but also in the whole arrangement of so many studios on four floors under the same (very large) roof and how it worked. I can only say, that if I were younger and didn't live almost one hour away, I would be in there like a shot!
Anyway, I love my home studio and now feel all fired up and ready to get started painting again after being a bit down and unenergetic after my recent show at the Fort Gallery. I call it the "Post Show Slump" and it seems to happen every single time I have taken a show down -------------- I would have thought that I should have been used to it by now. But not so.