April 8, 2013

the honeymoon phase

the new clamping/felt/foamcore set-up
the paint palette
laying down my first bit of color...
and the next bit
checking back in with my color plan
beginning to take shape 
the full panel
Remember how nice that linen panel looked on my new scroll frame?

Yeah, well, that didn't work out so well. It will be great once I am ready to start the embroidery, but for now,  I need to see the entire panel at once. So I undid the scroll frame and had lots of experiments with clamps, felt, pieces of wood, foamcore, stretcher bars, dowel rods, plywood...before figuring out a makeshift set-up to begin the painting.

Painting, you say? Yes indeed. As other artists already know, things come in and out of your work - subject matter, techniques, materials. It's a constantly evolving process.  So paint is coming back into my work right now and I am really excited about it. I haven't painted in years, and I forgot how much fun it was! The silkiness of it (dreamy). The way you can lay down a line and pull the color along (so seductive).

Things can go terribly wrong, no doubt, but right now, let's just say that I am in the honeymoon phase.

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing to see the process! I think we get so used to seeing finished works of art without realizing the trial and error, experimentation and discovery that has happened. It is fascinating to see this documentation. I am curious about the reference to "flatlands" ... Beautiful pairing of language and image.