Monday, February 8, 2010
Here is a peak into a day in my life at the studio. On Mondays I have no classes scheduled so it is a full day to devote to my own art (well after taking half of the morning take care of the business end of things.) I was so happy to enter my warm studio. It's been quite chilly here in New Hampshire and the winds whipping made my eyes tears as I walked across the city to get to my building.Right now I'm working on a piece that is just for me (no intentions of selling this one) as I need a big, bright, cheerful piece to hang over my desk at home office. It has been a while since I worked on such a large piece and I really am enjoying the freedom of movement.Before I got started I had to unpack my goodies I bought yesterday at the Michael's in Portland, they were having a clearance sale on many of their Golden products, their fluid paints are my favorite and really add great vibrant color. I almost always work on more than one painting at a time. Today I set a goal of trying to finish a painting from start to finish. Lately I have been getting a ton of inspiration from Alisa Burke. Her is my process.
Start with some patches of golden fluid paints and move the canvas around to create some drips. When dry add some flower shapes with gesso.
Next spray paint and more drying time. By mid day I have added some color to some of the large flowers in the big painting on my easel, created a sketch for the first painting of a series of trees that I have been longing to do, and I am half way done on my goal for today.
Next to collage in some words that I had collected in January and make room for new ones to go up on my flower ephemera holder.
Then add a little more splattering, some more layering of color, and ta da the finished piece! Each month this year I have the goal of setting one day aside to devote to this new practice.