sitting underneath the underpainting

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It’s the October week holiday here in Scotland which means lots of kids all over my house. Which means lots of noise and laundry and food dispersion. Which means not a lot of painting. However, in order to keep some of my marbles, I set up the beginnings of a painting in our yet-to-be-finished but has-tons-of-space-and-light extension…

the spot:

the paint:

the apprentice:

I started with a canvas I’d washed blue several weeks ago. Yesterday, I drew in some ideas and left it at that. Today I decided to put down some colours that could peek out later on in the work. Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to stay focused for any length of time with a Jedi on my couch, I didn’t take myself too seriously. Instead it was about enjoying the shifting light and the process and the company.

About the time my paint starts to add up, I like to do a little subtracting. I scrape, I draw. I’ve found this process helps define the spaces, and many times I discover new movement through the composition.

Sooner rather than later, I was called to shoot some bad guys, put wood on the fire and make sandwiches (again). But I was able to get far enough with this piece that I can leave it for awhile to sit and soak up the atmosphere.

And I like that the work shows, that the “undone” is part of this piece right now. It’s not all about a perfect picture. It is about how the parts are progressing. Be encouraged.

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2 responses »

  1. how lovely to see the process and the artistin action, i have four children and never seem to focus for long to paint but i like that you are able to put it down and come back to it. I think i will develop a skill to help marinade my art work , in between being a mum too.

    • Hello Vanessa – thank you. Yes, for a long time I put my artwork aside because I was used to working in a certain way. When I could no longer have “studio time” or spread myself out everywhere, I got really lost. What I have discovered is that in making the effort to do some expression, it finds the space to grow. My journey back to art started with a 30 day sketchbook challenge. 🙂 I wish you well in your journey.

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