Wow! Is it really Friday already? This week has absolutely flown by! Every time we have a short week because of a statutory holiday time seems to pass faster than normal. I had actually thought that since the kids were back to school this week (as of Tuesday) that suddenly my days would feel a whole lot longer and I’d get a lot more accomplished. This week anyways – it was the complete opposite. I was away most of August (on and off) so starting Labor Day Weekend we had all of our back to school shopping to do. You know I tell myself every year that I’ll start early but for the last 12 years – I think that’s only happened once LOL.
This week really has been about getting the kids settled back into school, tying up loose ends from summer (home repairs, bills etc.), and then trying like the dickens to catch up and get ahead for Paper Crafter’s Library. I was so proud of myself at the end of July because I had essentially created and filmed everything I wanted to for Paper Crafter’s Library all the way up until the second week of September. Then I went away for a good part of August, and I’m back to just keeping up by the skin of my teeth. So this week – creativity wise – I planned/filmed/created for Paper Crafter’s Library, I continued working on an Art Journaling online course I’m putting together, and I started working on a couple of paintings. They’re not finished yet (at least I don’t think so) but I really don’t have anything else tangible to show you this week so I thought I’d show you my painting corner and my paintings in progress.
The picture above is my corner of the studio I’ve designated as my “painting spot”. I have my easel set up there and a little table that holds some of my most reached for painting supplies. These two canvases are my first ever “large format” paintings – and as far as “large format” goes – they’re pretty modest – about 24″ x 24″. I’ve been working on them pretty much every day since Sunday – spending a few minutes here and there during the day as I have time, and then spending about 1 hour either after my work day is officially over or in the evening after the little guys are in bed.
These don’t exactly fall within the category of “mixed media” in that the only color medium I’m using are my Golden Heavy Bodied and Fluid Acrylics which are artist-quality paints. The term “mixed media” refers to the mixing of different mediums together which I don’t – but I do bring in a lot of different tools to add variety to my mark-making. My “marks” have come from a variety of tools including different styles of brushes, recycled items (lego, bubble wrap, fork, comb, corrugated cardboard, cardboard rolls), stencils, sponges and my trusty water bottle for misting.
There are probably about 10 different layers on the canvases right now – I’ve created both of them as a set – using the same colors, but varying the marks used on each. I’m trying to decide where to go from here – and whether I’m finished or not. I absolutely LOVE the colors – they’re totally “me”. What I haven’t decided though is whether or not I want to add actual focused imagery, or leave the paintings more abstract as they are. So while I ponder, I’ve decided to set them aside for awhile and I think I’m going to start a few new ones.
My husband has asked me to create a couple of HUGE paintings for his office and the office of a co-worker – paintings that are 3-4 times the size of these ones. Yikes! I’m not sure I’m quite ready for that. Really up until now, my art has been for me – here in my own home. It somehow feels a little scarier to really put my art “out there”. So I’ll probably practice a little more with the larger size canvases before I delve into something that much bigger!
Anways – that’s it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!