Friday, December 22, 2006
Back in the studio, work needs to progress on the floorcloth!
Its been a couple of weeks of paperwork, promotion, art shows, not to mention some fun, holiday related, social life.....but it can be frustrating to take that time away from an on-going, and rather interesting, new project.
The new floorcloth has a very specific theme, which is based on the world travels of the recipients. It will include views of places they have visited together, representations of the four classical elements : fire, air, water and earth, plus the sun and moon, an actual hiking map of Kilimanjaro, (making this a mixed media floorcloth) and some other stuff if there is room!!!!
I have been able to get some work done on it, and now it is beginning to really take shape.
I am feeling frustrated that I haven't been able to spend more time on it- there is a wonderful sense of peace and satisfaction at spending many hours at a time working on a project, without interuption, lost in the process of creating something out of a blank. I listen to music, get wrapped up in my thoughts, and have so much fun making the paint do stuff.....I am eager to get back to real work. For some real hours!
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Art shows require a lot of detailed preparation logistics and followup....everything has to be thought of from lightbulbs to lunch, not to mention display, pricing, printed material and the show itself takes a lot of energy to get through. If its a show where you have a lot of items for sale, that takes some management too....and with ceramics, there can be breakage!
Art shows are also a nice way to meet new people, see old friends, get dressed up, and out of the studio.
I had a fun time! And it was, in fact, a productive day, besides.
The life of any artist consists of many work related activites that are not very compelling to blog about... for example,
Above ,you see one of the steps in the the preparation for a canvas floorcloth.
Heavy canvas (heavier than that used for a regular painting) is stretched, in this case, since it will fit, on a table. It is easier in many ways to paint on the table, I can use more liquidy paint when I feel like it, without worrying about dripping....large floorcloths are stapled and stretched on a wall, and that makes them also easier to see, and reach! Everything has its good points.
The final coat for the back is a colour I feel will be keeping with the finished work, which will be on the other side.
I turn the whole thing over, staple it firmly to the table and begin again the priming process on what will be the front of the floorcloth.
After a few coats, I begin my art work.