Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Whats going on in the studio today?

Today was a good day in the studio. It is always difficult to get out of the house with one thing and another that needs to be done. The two things that always hold me up are things I need to do on the computer and housework - never-ending and it continually sucks up time I need to spend in the studio.
Perth is horribly hot and muggy with 30 degree heat and thunder storms.

Anyway, enough of the excuses, I got there, and thats the main point!
Currently I am working on a number of canvases, moving from one to the other allowing for drying time and to avoid overworking an image. I am re-working an image of insect-nibbled -gum-leaves which are on a large canvas by using pastels over the acrylic paint to boost the colors, then spraying with fixative to fix the chalk-like soft pastels in place. Next I want to out-line each leaf with a fine point 'Sharpie' pen for more emphasis. It is close to being finished.

I have applied the gold-leaf to the King's Crown on my 'King of Kings' artwork. Not shown in this picture as this was taken beforehand. The edges of the gold leaf are very ratty even though I tried to create clean straight edges! Next I will need to bring the explosion of color right behind the crown to finish it off. I want it to look like an explosion of colored fireworks going off! This artwork is part of a series that was inspired by a live concert of 'Handel's Messiah' which I reluctantly went to see as I was given free tickets...it was overwhelmingly amazing!

I have another joint exhibition coming up in March. Today I played around with abstract shapes and lines on a number of small 12" x 12" canvases. The firey reds and yellows were inspired by a friend who dropped by the studio to chill out and do some painting with me.  I decided to create a set of four. I enjoyed the bold shapes and solid colour blocks with a hint of the underpainting peeping through. These paintings have a primal feel to them. showing here is the first one. I will try and remember to photograph the others tomorrow as a set.

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