Friday, March 11, 2011
Where You Going ?
My "woods" paintings are moving slowly together to form one, which is my plan. I had to see how they were progressing when grouped as I see them in my mind. Spring and Summer, the top two, are finished. Fall is still in the works and needs more detail to match the detail in Spring and Summer. Winter is still anybody's guess. For this grouping, I used a sketch just to see how it fit--it's not intense enough. I 'll have to keep looking through the many photographs I took over the winter to find the one with the same amount of intensity that the others have. It is the intensity of the paintings that will tie them together. Each unit has to have the same weight. another connective will be colors in common and compositional lines that will jump the negative space between the panels.
I really do love playing in Publisher. It's such a perfect way to see my unit paintings come together and to judge what still needs to be done. Great art tool. A good way to see where you've been and where you're going and possibly to catch a clue as to how to get there. This morning was a morning to think art.
Now it's back to the studio where art is made and thinking is not allowed. In the studio, I encourage the right side of my brain to take over and do it's thing. I distract my conscious mind with music and dance. It's quite enjoyable. It's quite good exercise.
I used to go to paint with a group of gals and the chatter was my distraction and socialization, but some of the other painters needed to concentrate and, from the looks of their body language, objected. So I stopped going. Consequently, I have to take time out every now and then to put painting aside and go into the world and get in touch with my humanity. This last week was one of those time outs. Very enjoyable. But today, with my evaluation completed and decisions made as to where I'm going with Four Seasons, I'm back in the studio with BB, the Eagles, Elvis and of late, Bob Seger. I've also been thinking about the Everly Brothers. They wake up this little Suzy every time I hear that song.