Today, At the Easel

more than mountains progress 2
Work in Progress. Making headway on this one.

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.

Our Little Corner

my corner 1

my corner 2

In this house there is currently no designated studio space. This was seriously keeping me down and stifling my ability to be spontaneously creative. When everyone is sleeping and I am still awake I am too tired to drag out all of my things and set them up before adding a few minutes of progress to my latest pieces. During the day, I can never predict when the Baby will be napping and the Big Child will be occupied so that I can sneak over. The structure of my life right now is such that I will not create, will not work at art, if it isn’t right in front of me.

So, I set up a little corner of the dining room for now. Future home renovation plans include a small space for art making. But other home projects must come first-the baby’s room, the upstairs bathroom, the kitchen ceiling…

The baby is getting more mobile all the time, so I am not sure how long this arrangement will last. But for now, a small desk that was rescued from the side of the road and the easel my husband bought me for Christmas years ago are set up for me when I need them.

Feeling inspired, the 4-year old asked to have his easel set up too. His sits right beside mine, and we can work at the same time.

simon at easel

Progress continues on the Lyrical series. Feathers have wandered into this one:

more than mountains progress
And here are a few details of the work in progress:

volcano progress detail

feather progress detail 1

feather progress detail 2