Thursday, October 27, 2011


I worked back into the eagle painting finally bringing it to a conclusion. I think I have managed to stop at a point where the painting retains the energy and feeling of freedom both in composition and in brush stroke. This is a painting I am happy to look at. And now to play around in India ink...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Layer 2 and 2.5

Finished the second layer of ink on these four paintings today. One of them (with the purple circle) just didn't look right, and I discovered it was a proportion issue. So, I sanded off some of it and then gessoed over it. I really like how it looks now...just with the gesso and some of the texture coming through. I am tempted to leave it super minimalist...but, I am driven to see this image in real life. It was burned in my mind so vividly, now I have to paint it in reality. One of the paintings, the one with the larger leaves, might be finished already. Sometimes I feel that a painting needs more and more layers until it is done. But, other times if I keep painting past a point I lose the essence of it's beauty in the moment.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

And Again

I have returned to my India ink. I am still working in water soluble oil, but there is something exploratory about ink that I just don't get in oil. I also enjoy working several pieces at once in small scale. The small works are more intimate, but there is still a lot that can go into them. This is layer one of these four pieces. I hope they all take me on a long adventure from where they begin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where the Eagle Landed

Instead of painting over an old painting for this one, I found an old piece of unused canvas and stretched it onto an old stretcher frame. I am having the time of my life painting broad messy my ink paintings only blown up in size. I took some advice I got recently at an art critique as well, and painted some with a palette knife as well as an old toothbrush. This is the first layer, but I am very excited about it. I felt like this one started painting itself, and that hasn't happened in a long time.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Watching Paint Dry

Oh the wonderful feeling of new possibilities! My first batch of 5x7" wood panels are drying their second coat of gesso this second. I am going back to the lovely world of  layering India ink on gessoed wood panels. My oil paintings will still be happening, but I have a feeling that having several paintings going at once will  be more interesting.

And now, to check if my paint is dry yet...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Internal Landscapes

So, I have finally finished the cave painting. It's still so strange to me how mediums sometimes dictate how you paint, as well as the history of how you painted in that particular medium. Somehow when I painted this I kept reverting back to the way I used to paint with oil...very serious and very subtle colors. Once I figured out I was doing that though, I was able to continue and paint with all of the bright colors that I love now.

The original painting that I painted over was an internal landscape...I painted what I felt and it became a place. I have been thinking about internal, as well as emotional landscapes for a while now...and that is what this painting has become. I think of caves as places of safety and reflection, but there is also a vast open space full of energy and living growing things.

I have included two other images of my palette. I love the ritual of scraping old paint off the palette and starting over again. I am also about to re-stretch a couple of old paintings onto stretcher bars and begin new paintings. I am finding that the more old paintings I paint over the more liberated I feel in creating. Plus, I am recycling, which makes me feel like I am at least not destroying lots of new material resources.