Three drawings that I had started that were staring at me have moved ahead quite a bit. More experimentation with some oil pastels and drawing with strange objects that push away the pastels. Some of the objects help me score the surfaces creating grooves that doing catch any new pigment.
I have a fourth and it is just beginning to take shape — I'm not showing it here. It will come soon.
It's great to get some squares on the wall again and get some energetic drawings going. We'll see what they look like next week.
Got to the studio after running errands early this morning.
Took awhile to get started but by the time I left progress had been made. I finally feel like work is starting is to spill out. These drawings use an under layer of soft pastel and an upper layer of oil pastel. Some metallic. color. Some scraping and scratching. You can't see the metallic in this quick photo.
Looking forward to getting back in and working more.
I don't believe it's real. I have four days in my studio when I don't have to think about anything but making art. Today I went into the studio for the first day of my of my art retreat.
I have been working on these drawings for ages. They are 6 x 6 how much trouble could they be? Well, first they started out as pencil drawings. I laid down a grid and began working with a grid of directional lines, In some places you can see the intricate herringbone marks peeking through. The work hung on the wall for weeks. I couldn't see where it was going. I took it down and put it away.
All of that reassessment, organization, and letting things go — also known as the month of June — is over. Now I'm on an art holiday and will have four glorious days to spend in my studio making work.
New month new energy. Summer temperatures are baking my brain and it seems that I am finally ready to make some new work. The temperatures also make drawing with oil pastels glorious. It's like drawing with butter.
Took out the giant pastels they are inspiring in every way.
June has been a month of reassessment, organization, and letting go of things. I'm in the studio now. I have been using tools all morning. Ladders are my friend.
I know that this is just a matter of getting my brain and my body ready to make some new art. Everything is moving around in my head. The me and the studio haven't been ready to accept new work. Soon though... Today has been a day of clearing surfaces and putting things away.
Maybe I will be able to tear some paper and get it ready for new drawings.
It's been difficult to concentrate on making new work while my show has been happening. Everything I have been doing has been in support of the show —telling people about the drawings writing and telling people about the work — being immersed in the drawings.
It's hard to be in the present when all you do is talk about the past.
I've been working on some ideas for creating better task lighting in the studio. The current situation includes several 8 foot work lights. These give me headaches after extended exposure so I need to make a change.