How the creative wreck happened to happen –
It’s hard to tell from the photo above of an aborted abstract study I tried recently – my phone deciding to take a better picture than usual on a 1st try, lol! – but, it is a wreck!
Actually, I accidentally wrecked it, mostly because I surged forward wanting to do too much too quickly with too much paint & masking fluid, on paper – and – not enough patience to have thought this out 😏
In my own defense, some of those “too much’s” I didn’t realize were too much! 😊
- way too much masking fluid for paper, even 140 lb quality paper
- even more way too much paint, again for paper
And other things were also the stuff of too much, but too much of me pushing to do too much, lol! Like,
- pushing to even start a 2nd painting the same day I’m finish another, plus putting in time for fitness, blog, eating, and, oh yes, very important, down time!
- and, pushing to, while working on watercolor figure & floral studies, also start a new abstract studies series – esp the same day 😏
- plus, pushing myself to figure out canvas series of paintings to accomodate fuller expressions of both the figure/floral studies and abstract studies 😰
Did I mention the how/what/whatever about my abstract studies idea?
No? Well, that’ll probably be another post, lol! But, it has to do with using portions of my own non-abstract work, and create new work. That’s how this “study” was started, from a detail shot of one of my non-abstract paintings I’d liked enough to have uploaded to Fine Art America (see below). I’ll talk a lot more ’bout all that when I do a dedicated post on this, assuming I still go forward with the idea, which despite swearing I wouldn’t when I trashed the header image-painting, I probably will 😊
My goal was to use the detail shot as a starting point for a new yet related painting, following the template of the original to start, deviating as the creative impulse pulsed, yet also incorporating new things I’m trying, like masking fluid etc 😊
The full original painting where the detail itself came from is below —
Did I mention how exactly I trashed this paper study in-progress?
Well – I was hurrying, ’cause I’d already spent the morning working on another painting, and I was tired, probably cause I’m a little too old to be burning candles on both ends, lunch was ready, I needed to use the restroom, I had ear plugs on w/music – and – the big no-no (ask Sheila) I had a really nice, large glass of iced tea near my palette…
And I stood up…
The paper study painting lurched forward from the easel from the weight of too much paint (I hadn’t taken the time to tape the paper down to a substrate), I lurched for painting, knocked over the tea, yanked my iPhone off the easel since when I stood I pulled the ear plug cords to far, smeared paint from the over-turned painting onto my bare foot (gotta be comfortable at home), and felt the ice tea soak my short my painting the rug and, my ego 😢
Lesson learned. No. Lessons learned! 😊
I’ll end this longer-than-I-expected post with a reminder I’d mentioned top of the post that this was the 2nd project I’d taken on that morning. So what was, or is, that 1st project?
Well, all I can say is, I hope to show you it, it’s beginning anyways, my next post! But, will say, it’s working title is, Girl on Bicycle Study 1, is set on the Barton Springs Greenbelt trail, and (of course) involves masking fluid ❤️ 😊
Stay well! Experiment, but maybe most times in moderation, lol!
Thanks so much everyone! 🙏
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- October 26, 2021 – I’ve Been Reading, and It’s Triggered a Realization on My Part How Important the Surface of a Painting, My Own Paintings in Particular, Are to Me….…tinkering with the surface of my current art work. I enjoy doing that, immensely. The surface of my work often being as important, or I should say, as interesting to me, as the image as a whole. And of course now I want to make the image as a whole, whether seen from a short nose-to-the canvas space, to the further distance where the image is, well, simply just an image as a whole.
- October 25, 2021 – New Masking Fluid Project – “Angel”Continuing with more new paintings I’ve recently set in motion, Angel appears to be a dark swirl but is actually hiding some carefully but casually placed masking fluid lines. I’ll be showing some detail shots of “Angel”‘s more recent state tomorrow, but am still working on the painting as a whole. This particular masking fluid experiment is almost a direct descendant of an abstract study on paper I recently wrecked, lol!
- October 24, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image This Past Week @FineArtAmerica, Arm Chair View Paris, an early #watercolor #blackandwhite #figureart circa Sept 2020An interesting most viewed results on my Fine Art America site this past viewing period — Plus, as surprising, was the fact 4 of my top 6 most viewed images were Paris themed, 2 of the remainder were also from places we’ve visited (New York & Vermont), followed by most viewed “period” of an Austin pink sunset 😊 On top of that I’ve apparently never included an image of Arm Chair View Paris in one of my blog posts before! Well we’re remedying that here now ❤️
- October 23, 2021 – New #Acrylic Upload @FineArtAmerica – Mother and ChildIt’s been quite a development for this painting, growing from an idea of a previous work with a less defined at the time unrealized depiction of a younger and older person. Probably the most important development is my own realization of that development, lol! Frankly, though I often saw a realization-glimpse of that sort even from my 20s about my art, and maybe as a child, I literally blew it off and kept on going 😊
- October 22, 2021 – A Day With the 8 Year Old = Painting His Wooden Sword for Halloween, Circling the Trailhead to Barton Creek Greenbelt, Visiting Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Celebrating Veterans Art at the Old Bakery & Emporium, and Watching Big Hero 6 on Disney+!!!This post is long on pictures, mostly because it was a long day from getting up to getting back to bed, lol! But what a good day it was ❤️ Here’s hoping this long post of pictures brings a similar good feeling! First up, above, is a special project Max has had his heart on, re-creating a magical sword he sees and experiences using in one of his video games – Zelda Breath of the Wild! All part of his progressing Halloween costume….
- October 21, 2021 – Delivering New Art to the Old Bakery and Emporium (across from the State Capital) Austin, Texas – 3 Piece Floral Set and 1 Autumn 6×6, all #WatercolorsDespite my many gripes about living in Austin, Texas, there’s of course a handful of things I do like. Among them is the opportunity the city makes for artisans 50 or older living in the Austin area to show their creative work. I’ve been fortunate to have some sales, and am very grateful to be able to replenish my inventory with the paintings above.
Thanks again, everyone! 😊