The best chance to be whole
About the art: beginning with a thickly gesso'd layer over an old painting on 300 lb arches watercolor paper. Laying in wet horizontal lines of oil paint with a rubber wedge and dragging downward and at angles, creating a rough structure of "cliff and rock" inspired by hiking photographs. Varying many neutrals, creating mud and then bringing it back to color with some brighter paint and a palette knife. Carving back into the layers with chopsticks and flat blades. Allowing paint thinner to run along some portions to create texture. The requisite 80 million layers exist in this large piece, which is, by far, my new favorite.
1/11/2023 05:58:40 pm
Oh, how things get in the way. AND YET, how can you NOT spread big love to those obstacles that are TOTALLY part and parcel of this large piece, which is, by far, your NEW FAVORITE.
1/12/2023 03:19:16 pm
Dotty!!!! Thank you for seeing the beauty in the mud pies. :). As a very small kid, I used to play in the alley with the neighbor kids, making, you guessed it, mud pies!!! ha ha!
1/16/2023 06:11:13 am
Re. Creative obstacles: i’m subscribed to emails of a lovely creativity coach in Toronto named Jamie Riddler. The email that arrived a couple of days ago talks about how easy it is to not find time to make art. This relegates art and being an artist into little snippets of time. She proposed that one think about oneself as an artist in all that one does ie when cooking, tidying, gardening…
1/18/2023 02:15:59 pm
Vicky!! I am also a fan of Jamie Riddler! And the point about time and being an artist is spot on - we are all artists, creators and curators of our own lives. When we give that priority, it seems many other things fall into place and become more creative rather than chores or obligations.
1/18/2023 02:46:08 pm
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