It feels so good to not be painting on the raw linen I've been using for years! The ability to paint something out that you don't like is game changing! Hahahaha!
I'll keep the studio progress to myself today but I delight in sharing this gem from my garden with you! Happy Friday all! Don't forget to unplug this weekend. Xoxo
Todays task was to loosen the *%+! up. I've been working so tightly for so long that I am trying to recalibrate... See what happens. So this was part of today. Keeping the color palette consistent removes a lot of the decision making.
Shall I be honest? I'm a little nervous about my newest painting project. Taking on classicism sets me up for all kinds of issues. Ornament is a no-go for the art world (which, let's face it, is hilarious and narrow minded). The subject attracts scholars whose vernacular I do not share, and there are artists (some of whom I have the honor of calling friends) whose skill level I will never approach. This is only the tip of the iceberg. But the subject bears the weight of much social history and I love it. I do not aspire towards classical painting. I will bastardize it, certainly. But it will be honest and real. Let's dig in.
Living the Dream
For me, being an artist is more than painting alone in my studio. I am inspired by other artists, off-beat adventures and spectacle. I curate exhibitions, collaborate on large public art installations, am an occasional color consultant and interior designer and sometimes I sculpt. I seem to do a lot of writing, but that's just business. I live an art-filled life. Thanks for coming along for the ride.