The past week has been one of rest. Lying around reading, watching nature documentaries, listening to interviews with Krista Tippett. Recharging.
And then last Friday I woke up and immediately started 6 new paintings. After working 26 hours straight I collapsed into a deep sleep. 4 hours later I’m up again working, working, working.
There is no middle ground for me, at least not one that I have found, that would allow me to work more moderate shifts. When its there, its there. When its not, its not. There are times that I can coax myself in that mode, but the energy doesn’t last nearly as long and the results I feel are different.
The 6 paintings are all 16″ x 20″ canvases that are the remainder of a bulk purchase from a year ago. I had big plans for these when I first bought them and did complete 5 in a very short period of time, but the remainder sat and waited as I moved on to other works. The call from these remaining canvases had become to strong to ignore and I tore into them with energetic vigor.
I have been thinking about my color usage a large amount as of late and had some new ideas that I wanted to try. I also experimented with the canvas ASSURED is on; I applied many layers of gesso and proceeded to wet sand till a fairly smooth surface was revealed. The texture of the canvas has been hindering my brushstrokes and with a smoother surface I felt I could achieve a very interesting painting. When I worked on GaGa I fell head over heals in love with the smooth, level surface of the LP. The paint flowed without much resistance and my strokes felt like I was swimming.
Here are pictures of the current progress I have made on 5 of the 6 paintings. The sixth, well, is not ready to be shown yet. Besides, I like to keep people in suspense and let their imaginations work up a idea of what they might see.