I just did one of my most hated chores... packing art to ship. I have 5 big boxes going to 2 galleries on opposite coasts. Why did I think it was a good plan to paint larger? The 48x36 on my easel will have to stay local.
Fridays have been somewhat deigned my 'day to play' and experiment. Sometimes I wonder if I missed out on things not going to art school. I was practical and pursued a commercial avenue. Meaning I haven't played with materials much.
Practicality has its advantages, of course, but I find that I also feel stifled or trapped by second guessing myself and not having the know-how to break free.
So I had this vellum (canson tablet) and used it to do some sketches for different color ideas for a larger paintings. (below). I love how the paint sits on top of it. I love a smooth painting surface and this is the smoothest. So I bought a couple of larger sheets of vellum to try. Its interesting that the oil paint sits on it so well, that mineral spirits or medium doesn't damage it... but water causes it to buckle. I found that out by accident.
I love that the oil color stays so pure and clean and bright on this. It also dries shiny with brushmarks and texture. I plan to do more. And may end up with frameable pieces. I'm researching that now. If you happen to know how to mount and frame this stuff, let me know!
A wonderful friend "J" came and sat for me today - and I had several other artist friends join in to paint her in my backyard. What fun!
I can't believe it's May already. Though I do feel like the stress of the busy school year is dissipating. Anna had her staar exams (state assessments) and after that I imagine there isn't a lot of hard work. Commitments are fewer and I feel more relaxed.
Can you hear the big sigh coming from central Texas?
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