Lately I have been working on 11x17 inch abstract paintings and collages. This size paper opens up how I see what I am putting down composition-wise, almost as if zooming in on what would be a larger piece. It's a nice alternative to the 19x24s that make up a large majority of my work.
I have also been painting on 40x40 inch stretched canvases since last post. These are painted in acrylic and oil with dots and repetitive marks that create a pattern/rhythm filling the surface with color. I had stopped working on canvas, and particularly stretched canvas, because I do not like the texture and would rather not mess with gesso, etc.
I also finished working on an assemblage started months ago on wood. These warmer days of summer have me getting things in order on my website as well, and I am now choosing a few of the 11x17 pieces to offer here.
Below are images of some of the above mentioned pieces.
An artist friend recently expressed on Instagram putting paper artworks on eBay to sell them at a lesser price because she has so many of them. It got me thinking. I have a variety of sizes of older works on paper as well. Some ideas of what to do with these pieces sprang to mind within moments of hearing of this artist's plight which, I am certain, is a common issue for many of us who have a large output of art.
Today I did a little painting but wasn't feeling it so I did a lot of looking at a small assembled work on wood. It began months ago until I recently found it and started adding to it. It isn't finished but the photo shows where it is at the moment.
I just need to find the right mix of materials to finish it. I kind of have a feeling for what it needs but am pretty sure it is not in the supply room!
Oh well. Back to painting...
Today's finished piece is an assemblage on a very thin, shingle-like piece of wood. It started with paint and some black marker only to finish in beaded glory. I became totally absorbed in the process of gluing the beads on in a random manner but the other elements found their way into the composition in no time.
This new work, along with a favorite recent new three dimensional work titled " Island Memoir" (because it reminds me of something you would see on a Mediterranean island) are now available in my shop.
This is a new website as I have again switched hosting companies. Bear with me as I feel my way around all the features and attempt to present my artwork in an easy to see fashion. My capabilities will dictate how successful the front page looks and it will most likely change a lot over the next few weeks while I try out different elements. The store will expand to include a lot of older paintings that I have put on sale and newer work, especially several 3D assemblages. I am having a hard time deciding to part with a few of them which has surprised me because I am not usually like that.
I have rearranged my small studio to accommodate an area to work on assemblages and collage work which often involves sitting so I can focus on details in a more relaxed way. I have to stand when I paint though so that area is in another corner. And then there is a corner for Jemmi to look out the window or snooze while I work. The wall where I have painted so many larger works now is home to a variety of finished works. I like being able to see them and consider the direction it is all going in.
I am loving the cooler weather here in the northeast. It is so much more conducive to creativity than warmer temps that make me feel lazy.