Winter is such a perfect time to stay inside where it's warm and cozy. In past years, I spent most of the winter in our cold garage heating up encaustic paint and wearing a nice warm coat. Since taking over half the living room, I've been able to utilize the walls and floor. Actually, I didn't realize how much I'd prefer working on the floor but kneeling in front of a board has become a favorite way to paint (much facilitated by the fact that even if I wanted to stand up after kneeling, it's getting harder--might as well stay crouched on the floor!
So drats; I see I didn't post anything in November. It must have been the turkey, stuffing, two pies, etc. I love keeping up with my blog as it's kind of like a journal and a way for me to look back and see what I've been up to. As always, I really like to hear from anyone who reads these posts - what kind of art do you do? How long have you been making art? What are your challenges and triumphs? I'm all ears! (actually, not as much after I eat all the Christmas goodies but that's probably more suitable for another type of blog).
Here are some process photos of a work in progress - the last image shows the work resting in temporary silence. This just means it is not screaming for attention like its fellow blank boards and for now, I've tucked it away until all 12 panels are at the same stage. If you are new to this blog, I am working with Nicholas Wilton as my mentor for seven months. During this mentorship, I will be working on about 10-12 paintings all of the same size (36x36in). So far, through phone conversations (2/month), Nick has helped me adjust my thinking process when it comes to just getting started (among other things). I am learning to be a little easier on myself. Whereas before I would be thinking about what show I have coming up, what space I need to fill, deadlines, applications, proposals and how many paintings I would need to create at what size, I now realize these things exist way outside the core of creativity. Create first, and everything else will fall into place, but don't rush the most important part - the process itself. Nothing good can come from shortchanging this stage; or rather, perhaps something better can happen if you stay a while longer in this contemplative, explorative, mindful and right side of the brain stage. The purpose of this mentorship is for each mentee to find their personal voice and focus on making the work stronger to convey that voice. I can already see changes in my work and, as things progress, I hope to share with you what I discover about art, and myself!
July 3 Nov 17 Nov 18
Nov 22 - Evan helps in the process Nov 24 Dec 8