A couple of weeks ago I started the painting below. Almost from the start I felt a bit -meh- about it. I don’t hate it, but it doesn’t feel finished and I’m not sure what to do with it.

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Untitled Work in Progress

I’ve decided that when I get stuck on a painting, the best thing to do is to just set it aside and start something else. Last week I started on a small painting with a retail store canvas I had in the closet. I decided just to paint with no plan and a day later I had this:

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“Stellar Nursery” 12×18 oil on Canvas @copy; 2015

I was initially going to name it “Earhole Fire Flower” due some tipsy tweeting with Vicki P, but I’ve chickened out and called it “Stellar Nursery” (which was a suggestion from @StellarPillar although I had the same idea).

Then last Saturday morning I found an old hand built canvas with some failed work on it. I started with the idea that I’d do another one like Stellar Nursery, but in a different palette.

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Work in Progress

I went to yoga and came back to work on the painting. For some reason I picked up a palette knife and a couple of hours later I had this:

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Work in Progress

Which, frankly, surprised the hell out of me. I have done exactly 1 palette knife piece in my life and that was well over 20 years ago. To say I’m pleased with this one is a bit of an understatement.

Sunday morning I got up looking to paint something else. As you might be able to see I have a couple of larger canvases I built leaning on the wall but I wasn’t quite ready to tackle them. Looking in the closet I found a second handmade canvas, exactly the same size as the one done on Saturday. So…Diptych!

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“Bashaw Moonrise” 10×16″ (x2) Oil on Canvas © 2015

These were a lot of fun and I think they turned out pretty good. In fact, It was a pretty good week.

IMAG2069Of course, that feeling was quickly extinguished this morning as I started on one of the new larger canvases. A terrible idea, erased after an hours work. Art has a real way of keeping one humble.

A Total Mess WIP
A Total Mess WIP – Time to start again.

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