I’ve been painting. Not sketching on ‘Droid, not eating (many) bonbons. Just tending to my brushes.
The most immediate work I had to finish was art for Full Circle’s holiday show of “small things.” The show at Full Circle is already in full swing, and I had prepared enough pieces to have a (small) presence there in November. But I need to have another batch of things for December’s exhibit, opening First Friday in December.
Producing small bits of art really isn’t my forte. In fact, I daresay, it’s a major weakness.
So I did an end run around the dreaded “smalls”. I bought a bunch of 4″ x 4″ canvases. I set them into a grid, 5 x 5 (making a much bigger “canvas” of 20 x 20″). Then I covered the collected canvases with some interestingly tinted paper and glued it onto the squares of stretched canvas with acrylic medium. Drawing myself up, swinging a big brush, I made a grand gesture and drew a black tree branch across the surface of the paper, making sure every 4 x 4 square under the paper had some bit of the branch on it. Then I cut the paper apart on the grid lines, painted each resulting 4″ square with more acrylic, and voilà: small abstracts which didn’t freak me out to make.
I found that just through having the hint of a representational attribute allowed me to play with the abstractions. And the tinted paper gave a kind of texture and hints of color that also freed me from the blank page syndrome.
So I rather enjoyed the process, although I can’t say it felt like deeply dangerous and thoughtful territory. Rather, it was playful, just right for the season (and the price). These will be selling at Full Circle for something like $30 — affordable for the holiday season and fulfilling my commitment to the show.
Incidentally, it’s rather shocking how good these little pieces look on the web. Somehow, the larger paintings never show up this way. These Smalls also look very decorative, not something I’m accustomed to saying about my art. First thing you know, I’ll be painting things for over my new couch!
I have been working on a new series of big paintings, too, but they are Serious. I’ll save them for a separate blog, just so’s you can improve your mind without distractions. –June