Glorious Sunrise

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!

Cutting Loose!

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.

Winter Lace

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!