I spent much of today working in my studio and helping Corrine do several raku firings. Both were big successes.
The bed in the painting is coming to life, and I'm itching to be painting more of Paco. "All in good time my painter friend." I have to tell myself.
For the past 6 months I've been working on small canvases or wood blocks, it's nice to be painting large again. It's great how quickly the story unfolds with a large brush. Then when all of the imagery is in place I go back to add the details that bring the story into reality. If my paintings were a book or movie, they would be done in flashbacks.
I spent much of today in a meeting and then doing some design work, with a GF pizza with Corrine and friend Steve, thrown in there.
Then I got put a little paint on this new one. I spent about 45 minutes to an hour on this, and it made me realize I didn't actually spend 4 hours yesterday on the Mama painting. I spent a little over 4 hours doing creative work, drawing Mama, these two hounds and sketching a painting idea for a client (a non dog related painting, don't tell anyone). Doing all of that work from the same chair, it seemed like I had been painting for 4 hours.
I had forgotten how quickly the wood blocks soak up the paint. It's strange to have the paint dry almost instantly, as if it were a hot windy day and I was painting outside. It forces me to paint in a very different way then I have been in the past month.
I either have to mix the paint in the palette before putting my brush to the wood, or I have to paint really, really fast on the wood to mix it there. It was also strange to paint small again.
I also started a second one today, which I hope to post tomorrow.
After taking a couple of days off, I spent most of today finishing up Flora. After reviewing some of the other photos I was given as references I decided to call her owners to check wether or not I had gone dark enough with her fur. I think if you look at the other posts you'll see we decided to go a little darker.
I really enjoyed creating this piece and loved the way it turned out.
I also put gesso on wood blocks today, so you might see some of those in the next few days.
So I strained some muscles in my back yesterday moving clay for Corrine, and it hurts to do just about everything. You'd think I'd be in better shape, but I guess not.
I've set-up my easel so that I stand at it versus siting. It's a little strange to work standing, since I like sitting when I paint. I think the only difference I feel is in my feet, because even when I'm seated I hold my palette in my left hand.
I think the only way I'd find it to be a problem is if I were working on a smaller canvas, because right now the easel is at it's height limit. In order to look right into Flora's eyes I have the shelf the canvas is sitting on about an inch from the top of the channel it rides along.
Hopefully, I'll have less pain and the same amount of energy tomorrow.
It's in the eyes, or so they say. More life is coming into Flora every time I sit in front of the easel with her. She's getting a little curlier too. I'm somewhat surprised "curlier" is a word, but spell check didn't flag it.
I'm listening to "Once a Runner" by John L. Parker Jr., while I work on this and I'm throughly enjoying it. I think every time I listen to running books, it makes me want to go running more often. Sometimes I do, but most of the time I stick to 3 days a week.
Some of you might think I'm crazy, but I've decided to take on the job of Marketing Director at Anthony Lakes again. While it was the most frustrating job I ever had, it also had some really fun moments too. I think with the group of people I'll be working with this year, the good times will out number the bad. By a large margin.
The most important thing to me besides creating a great public image for the mountain, is to continue painting. Something I wasn't able to do last season. If today is any indication of what's possible, I will be able to do both. I spent a little over an hour working on Flora today, and her curls are coming to life. Then I spent about 5 hours working on a new brochure for Anthony Lakes.
It was cloudy off and on today here in Baker, which didn't really put me in the mood to paint. I did though, as you can see. This is a new commission that is due by Tuesday the 12th. I'm under the gun a little even if the weather isn't that conducive to painting.
I think too, that when I have several pieces going at the same time, I'm torn between which I want to work on. There isn't a painting that's in progress in the studio right now that I'd rather be working on. I want to work on all of them, and that does seem to cause a little creative block. There are four canvases that have something that's partly created on it. I could say five, because there is one from several months ago, that is only several hours, if that, from being completed.
I think the other problem is the audiobook I'm listening to. It's all short stories and most of them have unhappy endings. I actually think I'll just quit listening to it and start a new one.
Maybe tomorrow will find me with a finished painting.
I was able to add Flora to the painting today. I'm totally in love with this piece right now too.
I spent part of yesterday and today working on sketches from the photo I'm using to make sure my hand knew what to do once the brush touched the canvas. Painting on backgrounds like this leave very little room for error in composition and proportion. So in order to get it right, I drew it three times on paper before starting to paint.
I really like to work thin to begin with on canvas, like adding washes of color versus pure pigment, and so just like any other painting I do on canvas, I draw with paint.
I added a little paint to the canvas today, and got a little movement to the right. I could however turn the canvas on it's side and then it would be movement to the top or bottom. Or it could be a move to the left.
I am left leaning most of the time anyway. Hope to see lots of you out at 1st Friday Art Walk