Wow. Has it really been 4 months? I may not have been blogging, but I have not been eating bon bons either. In fact, I've been creating, creating, creating. I've also been learning how to build a website for my gem and mineral group, MMLS.
I'll post some of my recent projects in some later posts. Today I am excited to share my jumping into working larger. I haven't painted much since college. When I have, it's always been 8x10, 9x12, or gasp 14x18 ooooh! (insert sarcasm)
I have really been inspired by some talented local artists. In fact, the opening for Ryan Stiner at Two Twelve Art Center caused me to crave acrylics+BIG canvas+Expressionism= happiness.
That's exactly where I am right now. However, I don't have the resources to purchase big canvases or the inclination to cause rabbits to suffer so that I can build my own! So off to the hardware store I went. I got a 4'x8' sheet of Masonite that the wonderful guys cut into quarters for me. 2'x4' might not be considered giant for some, but it's a lot more size than I've ever worked with.
I've decided to fully enjoy each step of this process. From priming to varnishing. I spent one overcast day outside priming all 4 boards, when the rain suddenly came. Although I rushed to get the still wet gesso-covered boards inside, one or two might have some interesting rain texture embedded in the gesso ground.
Today- a whole day to myself - is a day to start sketching and laying down the first layers of paint. originally, I wanted to be outside and work from the actual landscape, but alas my friend Rain has returned with his cousins, Wind and Cold. At least my studio is 3 walls of glass so it's almost like being outside. I'm working from some photos I shot of our gorgeous landscape views here at home.
Day 2: Sketching and laying on the first layer (under-painting)
Day 3: Another layer
These are not consecutive days. I work, wait a couple of days and go back to it. I'll post again after the next layer. It's good to be back!