I'm Cait Sherwood, a mixed-media painter who works into art journals.

I make art from the trash of the art I made before.

FEB 9-15 2015

A lot going on around here...  I am preparing to move this month so I am spending a lot of time painting walls and learning how to install gas ranges, etc.  I have learned so much in the past two years fixing up this house with Mike.  We insulated the house ourselves, we removed the oldest most difficult wall paper-paint combo by hand, we built a wall.  Simple stuff but it was all new for me!


I have been drawing from Gauguin paintings that I look up on Pinterest.  I love to make what I consider to be "illustrations of paintings."  I really yearn to make this stuff HUGE.  I have the space for it, and as the spring warms up I think I will be making some big landscapes.  It is surprisingly hard to translate the freedom I regularly experience in my art journals into "real" paintings for the wall.  I can tell this is going to be goal I will be working toward.  Also, large canvas is expensive, using more paint is expensive, and then most importantly, once these large paintings are made, where do they go?  

Even when I get myself all ready to face a large canvas, to really approach it freely, there seems to be some kind of hangup inherent in the object.  When I work in a book I truly can paint freely.  Because, it's a book, it's private, it's not going to use energy from the world.

But, a canvas for the wall just inherently, innately, feels different.  It is charged with an energy of... wall-worthiness.  Try as I might, I really do think that it affects my approach.  Just like writing music on one instrument can feel one way, and writing it on another feels totally different.


FEB 8 2015