Fascination is what my studio is all about. I get do what I love best this morning and I can hardly wait… There is a fascinating activity awaiting me there, time consuming, tiring, totally enthralling. Painting. I am told in order to make a success of my business I need to devote eighty percent of my time marketing and selling. I prefer Van Gogh’s approach: one hundred percent painting! Not sure I want the side effects though. For me the balance is somewhere in the unknown as every day is different and things change with deadlines and interruptions… So I am back in my studio today after fighting with my computer on the weekend, trying to get my website to link to a particular Facebook page and not succeeding. Technology, not one of my strengths! I handle paintbrushes much more easily and I can hardly wait… I love my new series. Only two are on the point of completion. Three others are on their way. I have found my rhythm again. Love it! Life is good.
I love making a mess, especially when I can walk away and close the door. Eventually I will choose to clean up. Grand openings inspire such things! Studio tours also… I am in the midst of messy experimentation and simplification. My mixed media work is including less variety and more acrylic. The paint in the photo is made to run and puddle with water, turning and resting. So much fun watching it chase itself into corners and grooves especially when I add a second colour… I am not really using much colour. It is mostly grays. When one looks at it the surface appears to be very colourful, add a little darker darks and some lighter lights and we have magic happening. I will definitely have two new pieces for the CAVA opening. And my gallery… well, I will keep working at it. We will see. Life is so good.
Two openings are coming fast. One I knew about, the 2nd April… I am one of nine artists who will open their Alberta studios from 10am to 4pm. I am also opening at the same time my little gallery attached to my studio, the room one must pass through in order to access where I work! It is an entrance fee… No. Not really! The other opening reception is on the 1st of April… No. Not April Fools. All nine artists will have work showing in the CAVA gallery 9103 95th Street Edmonton as an encouragement to visit their studios the next day. The reception runs from 7pm to 9pm. So, this is the clincher. I would like to have new work for both locations. I am developing a series entitled “Wildwood”. The first five paintings are coming along well. They are far from finished. Nothing like a deadline. This one may do me in! On the positive side I may choose two or three instead of five to complete. Or none at all. Sigh. I always panic at this stage of development. It is very slow yet given a little more time suddenly everything comes together. There are still three weeks left. The signage is done. Lots of time. Life is good.
When I look back on the road I have taken I see the signs leading me to where I am now. My studio is full. My process is exciting. I never really know where I will end up so that middle step is always scary… Middle step? Yes. The first one is easy. In the process there are many layers. The primed canvas receives molding paste for the texture. Then there is a mixture of gesso, gel and two complementary colours. After that comes between six to ten layers of separate colours mixed with gel and iridescence. So by the time I reach the middle I have already invested considerable time and energy in the foundation. Each beginning looks lovely. Will I spoil it? The hiatus of a year slowed the plunge. I was not sure where to go after that so I began to do little experiments on small pieces of hardboard. This one worked. It is not a finished piece, nor will it ever be. There is a lot going on and some gross inconsistencies. Yet it contains the essential something for which I was searching. The next logical development in a long line of exploration. It fits the sequence. I love what I am doing! Life is good.