I started to paint again. I got lost in the painting process. I did not know what to do next either. Since I have a job, it is very easy to find many excuses for myself not to paint nor create any images….. Actually I do not need to paint. I should not feel guilty by not painting. But I do! Creating the images becomes a major part of my living and not doing so makes me feel void and lazy. I do not know if feeling like this is good or bad, but this is what it is now. So I started to paint again! I decided not think about anything but just enjoy painting. I am working on five paintings right now. I am going to sand and gesso 10 wooden panels today. I am ready for the creative Spring!
Spring in south is always magnificent. When I start dreaming of colorful flowers, it is the beginning of the season. My anticipation for walking among the flower full gardens and streets are getting higher. Welcome warm wind and sunshine!
It is a kind of hard to keep painting by myself. It is very easy to distracted and do something totally irrelevant. Now I am getting conscious about up coming Spoleto show. I need to create many paintings to fill my tent. I sometimes doubt about my sanity. Do I really need to have a pressure to paint?
“Christmas made in the South” show is coming soon. I was not sure if this show will be held this year because of the indoor setting. Since I received this information, I am a kind of in panic.I do not have enough works to fill up my booth. I need to make some Christmas cards. I need to frame. I need..I need..I have a lot of cup of tea to settle down. I will be OK!
This image is very similar to the previous post. But this is a little larger than the one before. All objects I painted here are slightly larger than actual sizes. When you draw or paint realistically any objects larger than the actual dimensions, it suddenly becomes very difficult. It takes usually one or two days to paint this type of image. It took four days for me to finish this. I am going to set a new still life with Christmas ornaments today. I am probably trying to make the dimension larger again. I should get used to paint larger!
I printed this image on Stone Henge which is quite thick paper. I could not do it one year ago because of the thickness of this paper. Unless you use some kind of press, you need to rely on your muscle and experience. Finally I challenged myself and somehow I could make it. I need more experience including the amount of ink I use and how much pressure I use. It took three hours to print 10 sheets. I might buy either an etching or a book press.
It is a time to start Christmas images for the winter shows. I am afraid that those might be cancelled again. But I need to do what I need to do. Besides it is quite fun to paint those colorful images. Also I am thinking about adding a dreamy quality to my paintings such as Victorian Christmas theme. When I was a student long time ago, I thought about some crazy ideas like “what is an art”. Now let’s have fun and clap the hands for what I see….attitude! I took my sketchbooks out and am drawing a Christmas tree and Santa Claus. It will be a great fall activity!
It is very hard to figure out if the overall dark and light patterns work or not by just looking at the wood block. Since I started the wood engravings a year and a half ago. It has been my biggest issue and struggles. Of course I can print the image and see the image on paper, but it is not fun process. When any artists use the oil based ink, we need to use the chemicals to clean the plate, block, roller, and etc. even it is just for checking up the image. So I try to avoid this extra step and go for the perfect result for me. I am still guessing the possible printed image when I chisel. But gradually this guessing business is getting easier.
This is the image I just finished and printed yesterday. I think that I started to understand the value patterns created with curved white lines on black block. When I draw, I can build up the layers with erasing smudging, and redrawing. Here when I chisel, all value patterns are determined by the visual mixture of black and white. Those grays created by visual mixture also indicate the different textures. I realized it is almost like solving a puzzle when I was working on this image.
I like to use Acrylic for my paintings. But for some paintings oil works much easier. Especially when I need to mix many colors the fast dry acrylic is hard to manipulate. This is one of those “let’s mix many colors” painting. I took my old oil paints and worked on yesterday afternoon. I thought this would be a nice image for the larger scale..so I created oil sketch as a study. Now I am not sure if this is good for the larger scale. I will sleep on it for a while.
I am thinking about starting a landscape painting today. One image is in my mind. Problem is I do not know where it is. I have a filing method which I changed many times….it means I do not know where it is! I am going to have a cup of tea and start looking for it.