Not a lot of "art" got made during the weeks leading up to the show, though, because prep and practice time took precedence. I spent about a week recovering from the experience, and then pulled myself together for some art supply shopping and a thorough studio cleaning and reorganizing.
I've decided that to decompress for the rest of the year, I'm going to do some book binding and journal-making, an old passion of mine that I haven't played with in a long while. I purchased binders' needles and thread so I can teach myself coptic bindings, and I've been happily creating covers and folding paper into signatures. Tomorrow, I will sit with my iPad and a few excellent videos and begin stitching. I'll show my results in a later blog post. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, I tossed another lovely cradled gessobord up onto the painting wall and played with a new (to me) color palette.
If you think you see something under a layer of gesso on this board, you're correct... I started with a failed painting, knowing that no traces of it would show up in the new piece. Using some charcoal and water-soluable pencils, I began scribbling on the surface.
To keep the pencil marks from smearing into subsequent layers of paint, I brayered on a heavy layer of matte medium to set the pencil marks, and then let it dry over night. Then I went at it with paint.
I layered paints, smudging them with my fingers, looking for the composition lurking somewhere inside the piece.
Finally, I created one more leaf shape and accented the colors with a hint of blue.
Until next time!