My piece, Hopes and Dreams, has been juried into an exhibition at Nourish Restaurant in Lexington. The exhibition is entitled Harbingers of Spring and will run from March 1 through May 30. Though we had snow today, the days are getting longer and Spring can’t be too far away!
There have been so many beautiful sunrises this winter. I am up at 5:30 each day so I am awake to greet the sun as it climbs over the nearby hill. I have reached for my camera many times and have started to amass a collection of these photos. Of all of the shots I’ve taken, this one from yesterday is my current favorite. I think the colors are just amazing. This is providing more inspiration for a new piece. I’m thinking that I will do a base with colored papers and paints. Over that I will use ink or paint to put in the silhouettes of the trees. I’m so glad not to have missed this. I ran from the first floor up to the third to grab my camera for the shot. I took two before this one but they were not as well focused and the colors were not this deep and wonderful. I think I managed to snap this at the peak moment. Timing is everything!
I have a large canvas that I bought a year ago. I started working on it ages ago but my progress has been VERY slow. I started out with the idea of using one of my postcards as my guide. However, once I lay down a base coat of color I changed my mind and went in another direction using maps. It sat for a long time before I did a bit of stamping and then drawing. I kept trying to “plan” it and afraid to make the “wrong” move I became stuck. I finally decided today that I needed to just CUT LOOSE. Not worry about a master plan, and not obsess over every move. It was so liberating!!!! I had printed out some materials to use and I cut and tore and glued them down with abandon. Then I felt there was too much contrast between the glued materials and the base coat so I mixed some paint, took a roller and roughly rolled paint over the surface. In one day it has been transformed! I feel like I can work on it now. Like there is no “wrong” step to take. After all, this is collage and if I don’t like it I can keep changing it or gesso and start again! I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to reach this point. I have also decided to go back to my original plan to use my postcard as a guide. So, I have a rough idea of where I am headed even if I don’t have an exact plan for getting there. I guess what I have learned is that there is a time for careful planning and other times when you just have to act. And really, there was no down side so what was I waiting for!!! Whew! That felt great today! I would post a picture but it’s really not much to look at right now. But I’m taking pictures at each stage and will be able to show a progression when I feel it is more ready for prime time.
This is a new work that I started today. It is based off an old piece that I have reworked a couple of times now. The original piece was started on foil. I layered it with acrylic, colored over it with crayon, and added a bit of paper along the way. Yet, I have never felt I achieved a result where I could call it “done”. Hence, I have pulled it out and started embellishing once again. I’m sure I am headed the right direction this time as I already like it better than in its last incarnation. Today I merely added gesso to the surface and stippled it with crumpled wax paper. The gesso felt too heavy in some areas so I took a wet paper towel and wiped away some gesso away and then stippled it a bit more. It left this area that looks rather like a portal to me. My plan was to add a layer of tracing paper and create a piece rather like Winter Ascent. However, I need to let it sit a bit to decide whether that is the right direction. Work and wait – work and wait. Story of my art making!