Works in process...
I gave myself a little talking to and decided to take a play day. Restore the balance! You can, too. Bruno Mars says so. Are you going to argue with Bruno?
About the works in process: take a couple of wood panels and throw all your leftover paint on there. Scribble some quirky figures with a paint pen. Start adding color until their personalities begin to shimmer. Then take a day off and leave your dear readers on the edge of their seats until the next post. :)
"Now Not Serving" - a triptych. Each 6" x 6", water-based ink and acrylic paint on aquabord panel. Available here.
This particular quote is a version of something I've heard a time or two...but the idea of not serving tea to the negative thoughts made me chuckle. I mean, that's what we do, right? We allow the negative thought in and then offer it enticement to stick around awhile and enjoy itself there, rolling around in our consciousness and eating all the sugar cubes. We are the perfect host or hostess for the thing that should actually receive a boot in the behind.
So this week, dear reader, let's post a NOW NOT SERVING sign in our minds whenever those pesky thoughts pop their heads up and ask for a cup of Earl Grey.
About the art - pausing from a marathon of portraiture to continue my quest for the fine line between abstraction and realism. In this case, pursuing seascapes which could nearly-not-be. The water-based inks are fickle but lovely on their own, and dreamy when mixed with a bit of titan buff acrylic paint.
About the art: let's tell this story in pictures...
Congratulations to Dotty S. - Wonder Mike chose you to win Monday's comment give-away! Look for a little something sweet in your mailbox. :)
O'Donohue likes to awaken us to timeless truths. As do Mark Nepo, Anne Lamott, Mary Oliver and so many contemporary writers we've come to cherish. But another way to find timeless truths is through watching Midnight Gospel , where at least one of our cherished writers takes animated form and dispenses wisdom in a psychedelic world. It took me a minute or two to wrap my head around the concept of the series, but then I was hooked. There is so much happening visually in this series that I literally have to take notes to keep up with the words of wisdom the characters are calmly dispensing as they run from zombies and other unsavory situations
"Your mind can deceive you and put all kinds of barriers between you and your nature; but your body does not lie. Your body tells you, if you attend to it, how your life is and whether you are living from your soul or from the labyrinths of your negativity," writes O'Donohue.
It is so easy, when the busyness of life and the barrage of media heaps things on top of us, to treat the messages of the body as symptoms to be subdued instead of clues to a more significant situation which wants our undivided attention for a minute or two. This week, I am going to sit in my body (and less in my mind - heavens help me is that even possible?) and see what it has to say. With any luck, it will also want to paint.
About the art: Strangely In-Between is acrylic over gesso'd wood panel. Many layers, some thin and some thick. Liberal use of water bottle with sprayer and squeegee. The hair is "drawn" with a paintbrush taped to a long wooden stick, which facilitates lack of control and a looser stroke. In our family, there is something called the "Baleja Nose" (a strong, ethnic, somewhat bulbous appendage) which I love to put on my female portraits. This one is clearly no exception.
Withdrawal is oil over oil. A painting underneath, meticulously over-controlled and without movement or abstraction. Painting on top of the controlled piece allows scraping through to expose some under layers, along with a sense of composition to detour from, allowing the abstraction without losing the gist of it. This technique was so satisfying that I may just purposely paint some controlled pieces just so I can vandalize them later!