It’s been a busy week between going to various meetings, setting up my studio to teach a monotype workshop, teaching the workshop and now planning for a collage workshop that’s happening next Tuesday and Wednesday. I love these workshops. It’s such a pleasure to teach people who are so receptive to learning new things. The bonus for me is that the shorter four to eight hour, one day or two day format as opposed to semester-long classes, forces me to rethink, reorganize, weed out and re-plan. I’ve been pleased by how much I’m learning because of this. The planning forces me to try techniques and media I’ve used in the past, but maybe not in this particular way. And it reminds me of stuff I like to do but haven’t been incorporating in my work lately.
I did manage a few hours of painting this week. I focused on covering the four panels (mentioned in the last blog post) with paint. I used a lot of light molding paste to add texture to the smooth masonite panels. What you see below is a start on the next step, where I begin to move from broad general areas of color to building up layers in a slightly more organized way.
I need to start considering how I want to handle the stretcher bar edges. Should I incorporate them into the painting, paint some sort of pattern on them, choose a color that complements colors in the painting and put an even coat of color over all the edges or, well, something else entirely?