Clearly I like starting new things more than finishing old ones! But eight is really too many to have “in flight”. That’s not counting the five I’ve decided are “stalled”. It’s a gray area between “in progress” and “stalled”. I fear some that I’m still counting as ‘in progress’ are actually stalled. Anyway, here they are!
Yes, I am thinking the ones I’ve been working on for a while really should get done first, but with Christmas less than two weeks away #8 here has jumped to the front of the line. Yes, it’s a fairy. No, its not my usual choice of subject matter… “Grunt, snort, hooah!” he said as he awkwardly broke eye contact to stare intently at the floor.
It’s a Christmas gift for my daughter. ‘Nuff said and we need never speak of this again. (kidding — feel free to tell me how awesome it is) 🙂
Moving right along, I’ve been experimenting with modeling paste! That’s fun with a capital PH! So it’s modeling phaste? Anyway, it’s in kind of a ‘St. George’s Cross’ phase now, but I’m excited to get back to this one! Textures, baby!
I’ve also been experimenting with washes. I mixed some paint and water and produced this:
It’s going to be background for my next free form abstraction. Look for this to go the direction of Andlega Landslagi. Though I like the outcome, that wasn’t really what I was looking for. So I hit up YouTube and saw that usually artists apply water to the canvas first:
I liked this more, but also heard tell of liquid paints whilst in the land of YouTube. So the next day I bought some:
And that is frickin’ awesome if I do say so myself. And there is a considerable element of chance here too. (I’ve since learned that the Dada who was first interested in chance as an artistic principle was Hans Arp, who was always my favorite Dada anyway.) It took about 5 minutes to apply the water and color, then they each took overnight to dry. By morning they’d all changed a lot since I last saw them the night before. In the first and third, I used no green. All that green is from the blue and yellow slowly mixing in the night. I was having so much fun with this that after the third I decided I really had to stop, and paint on these first before I fill up all my blank canvases with awesome oozing colors.
Then there are the other three, which are at various points on the edge of ‘stalled’.
So you tell me — which of these last three should I finish first? Comments are always welcome, and now you also get to tell me which painting you want to see me get done first! 🙂