Nice and messy. Just like I like it……
I’ve been getting a little more work done the last few days. Mostly painting on canvas.
This first one here is just a detail from a two panel piece I am working on. I am just working on messy layers right now, building up a rich surface with collage and paint. My paintings are such chaotic scribbles before I start layering more recognizable imagery on there. I really enjoy this stage of the painting process, because nothing can really go “wrong”, I have absolutely nothing to lose, and if I do something that I don’t like, it just becomes a puzzle to solve…..”how to work this in?” Sometimes I just do a color wash over the whole thing, and keep going. One of my goals has been to try to keep this frame of mind as the painting progresses, and ideally until it is finished. It is sometimes more difficult, though, as the painting develops, because I become attached to something or another, and start wanting to paint around it, which almost never works.
I wish this were a better photograph. I’ve been having some trouble, lately, photographing my paintings because they have so much contrast. My photos are washing out the whites. What you can’t see in this photo is the different subtle whites that are surrounding the nest….light blue whites and golden whites. I am liking the way this nest is coming along. Maybe I’ll post it when it’s done. I’ve got quite a pile of almost finished paintings that are awaiting the needle and embroidery floss. I’ve got my work cut out for me this weekend.