Well now, here we are in 2013 (pronounced Twenty-Thirteen) and how does it feel? I'll tell you in a minute. To me, it's always a bit of a mind-bender when Next Year becomes This Year. But I just wanted the year to sink in a little bit before I make any kind of assessment of it. So far?
I made a vow to Re-Use and Recycle more, so my New Year's Resolutions for this year are from 1976. Couple of things I can cross off that list are, "Get a new Cheryl Tiegs poster", and "Learn to do the Hustle".
Now, a lot of us painters are keen on coming up with resolutions concerning their artwork. You know, stuff like, "Take more workshops", or "Learn how to [fill in the blank]". Not me. I kinda feel I'm already on the road less travelled, and I want to see where it takes me this year. I believe that staying the course can be more difficult sometimes than making changes. While my road might have a whole lot of blind curves, I'll spend the year trying not to jump on the highway.
I've been working on a new painting already in this still blossoming year. Regardless of what I just said about staying the course, I'm using a slightly different technique on this one. I go on and on in these posts about my glazing technique, but let me clarify something; To most people, glazing is done after a painting is done, and used to modify form, or highlights-- maybe even change a hue or reduce chroma. What I do when I glaze is more like a silk screen process. If I want a green tree, I first slap down some blue. Over that I glaze a yellow. Voila-- green. Then repeat the process over and over to achieve depth. Yeah, it's as exciting as watching paint dry. Because mostly it is watching paint dry. But I like the results.
The picture I'm working on I will glaze in the manner stated earlier; Paint it, glaze over it. But I was thinking that it would be fun to change things up a bit. Let's see if I can explain it: Wherever I have a passage I'm going to glaze over, I will use the same color, but made with different combinations. So, for instance, where I have a purple made with a blue and red, I'll use a different blue and red to glaze over it. See? Why would I do this?
I dunno. Seemed like a good idea at the time...
I remember December 4, 2012 very well. It was the last day I was healthy.
Since then, I've been living with a sore throat and upper respiratory congestion that eventually got me an ambulance ride after I collapsed and passed out in my studio last week. And since then I feel like someone has taken a dirty, scratchy gym sock and stuffed it behind my left eye, taken a red hot ember and lodged it in my throat, then crammed a brick into my lungs. My voice has become a twitching, wheezy lamb-like bleat. Which isn't so bad, except I have to constantly repeat myself.
- Me: "I am gOing down to The stUDio to work on my pIcture."
Me: "GoinG to worRK.
- Me: "I nEed to juMp on The internet and orDer that KlausSen's Linen at $1,000 a rOll".
Happy This Year!