After finally getting the art room into decent shape where I can walk around and find things, I’m now trying to finish some unresolved paintings. I’ve worked and worked this painting (like most every one I have), but–surprise!–suddenly I began to like it today. I put a coat of white gesso over most of it and cut into it with my favorite brushes–which aren’t really brushes but vinyl-tipped painting sticks. It started to get away from me again when I started working on the two eye-like spots, but I forced myself to stop. My OCD tendencies aren’t easy to control sometimes.
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Today was beautiful–clear and cool (almost cold!) Finally made my way into the art room to varnish some paintings I had laying around. I’m sure I can do this, I thought. It was kind of fun and I was wondering why I had never bothered to varnish paintings before. It really brings out the color and lends an air of finality to the paintings (perhaps), it’s mindless and, therefore, not an anxiety-producing event like painting can sometimes be (I know, I know–I’m nuts!) It led to attempting to finish a sketch/painting I had done a couple of weeks before. I added graphite and some ink to the painting and–be still my beating heart–it’s done! Heck, it’s only an entry in my sketchbook–can’t spend my life on it! 🙂
We had a nice, relaxing day. We got to the the Y at 11:00 and Jerry did his exercise thing while I did a Power Yoga class and took a steam bath. Finally got out the paints later and fiddled around for a while before we went to St. Luke’s for the performance of the UCF Symphony Orchestra. I took along my sketch pad and embellished some of the design I had done earlier while listening to Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 4. The soloist was UCF Prof. Laurent Boukobza, a very talented pianist who played wonderfully. UCF is lucky to have such a fine musician and teacher and I’m proud to say I’m a UCF alumni when I hear this group of musicians. They finished off the performance with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It was fun just listening to the music and letting my pen go wherever it wanted. I hope I can finish off my sketch tomorrow. I’ve decided to take an old sketch book and fill it up with drawings, paintings, collages, anything. The pages aren’t too big so it shouldn’t be too taxing to complete a page and I’m just not going to worry about what I do. Maybe something will materialize that I like enough to put on canvas.
Worked on some painting today even though I didn’t feel well. This is starting to shape up (I think), but still not there. I’m sure I can overwork it into something for the trash can 🙂 On second thought, now that I look at it on the computer, I’m not sure what to think except I’m not liking some of the swirly shapes. Painting abstracts is got to be the hardest thing to do! Maybe I’ll just put some gel over it tomorrow to texturize it and see what happens. Overworking, here I come.
Spent some time today painting before my art group meeting. There were only five people there :-(, but we had a good time anyway showing our art around and talking about art, religion, baboons!, George Bush, etc. I almost finished a painting of a girl with a guitar and bowl of fruit, but I took it in anyway. It somehow appeared to me when I was looking at a bunch of unfinished paintings that Jerry had hung up on the wall in my art room. The canvas was a general mishmash of textures, but somehow the figure emerged and I accentuated it this afternoon. I hope to post it tomorrow (it’s in the style of Picasso–one of my favorite artists!)
I was so thankful I didn’t have to go outside today in the 108 degree temp (at least it seemed that way) and pull weeds, or work on rentals, or mow the lawn, or whatever. It was totally miserable, and other than going out for a quick squirt of some wilting plants, I stayed blissfully indoors and caught up on some of my favorite blogs, e-mail and painting. I had a jar of Golden Acrylic Clear Tar Gel laying around that I had bought a while ago and decided to experiment. It didn’t quite do what I had expected when I tried to drip it from the brush, so I put it into a bottle with a small nozzle and squeezed it out onto this painting I had in process. I think I’ll study up on the process from Golden’s website and see if I can improve my technique tomorrow. Their website does offer a lot of worthwhile ideas on using their products and which might prove inspirational for a painting. (I hope I don’t sound like I’m advertising, but I do kind of like their paint.)
Finished the portrait of Seamus. I can’t say that I’m 100% satisfied with it, but I wanted to take something into the art meet-up tonight, so this was the closest I could get to a finished piece. I obsessed over it to a ridiculous degree. I might work on the face some more later, though–it seems to be going flat all the time. Perhaps some gel medium might give me some of the texture I’m looking for. Well, anyway, I like the background. We had a pretty good crowd at the meet-up and a lot of people showed their work–everything from abstract to super realistic. They seem to be a nice bunch of people and we had some good discussions about art happenings, techniques and how to actually sell some of our stuff. Bob Boynton is apparently making it and can hardly keep up with the demand for his paintings. It must be nice! He highly recommends ArtistsRegistry.com and YourArt.com for exposure. Next month’s assignment is to do a piece on something laying around the house. Hmmmm! That could be anything from my dog to a spatula. I’ll have to start focusing.