Current work in progress. Acrylic and pastel on canvas. This was originally going to be a painting of a woman with a tornado. Then some flowers bloomed, and the snake appeared instead. Still not sure what the final destination will be. Lots more work to do…
I am currently reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, just about finished with Book #4, Wizard and Glass. I am listening to the audiobook narration by Frank Muller (He is excellent and I am so sad that he dies before he finished the rest of the series!). There is this rhyme in the story:
‘Bird and bear and hare and fish, give my love her fondest wish.’
That line had been bouncing around in my brain the last few days and I was inspired to begin this piece. I am working in pastel on toned paper. This is still in progress, but I just found out that there will be an animal theme at one of the galleries in our local June Art Walk, so I guess that gives me some incentive and a deadline to finish it!
I finished the sketch for the third piece in my current series, and began adding paint last night.
When I began this series, the ideas existed in my head as images of very spare, pale, acrylic paintings on canvas. Then one day I just grabbed a large watercolor pad and started painting. They have become layered, colorful pieces, created with a mix of watercolor and acrylic. A mix I have never tried before. But, I was struggling my way through the first piece, tempted to try adding the acrylic for some opacity, yet afraid to test something new. I had to take a break from it, work on something else for a few days, mull it over…and then I finally got my courage up, squeezed some acrylic onto my palette, and went for it.
The result was interesting. Something new for me. Something I will be learning how to work with as I keep going with the series. Last night I began working on the background for this one, and continued today. Some watercolor here, some acrylic there…New textures on my brush and on the paper.