I am so glad I have been painting on canvas recently. I usually direct most of my artistic energy to my sketchbooks and I miss painting. A few people have pointed out to me that I either make very tiny work or very large. I am fine with that but it has made me think about making more medium sized things. It's funny, I think when I went to art school I started avoiding 18x24 inch pieces because that was considered standard at the time.
I love painting big but then I end up with enormous paintings, and I often want to destroy them. I cut them up and they end up in pieces, being worked into smaller pieces. I like doing that. It feels natural.
In truth I cannot really decide on the size of a painting because as the composition develops I get this urge to either cut down or add size. I can attempt to guess the "right" size to begin with but I am wrong so often.
It's also strange to be so focused on developing a painting that I don't understand. I have inclinations about it, but not really words. If forced to describe, it is definitely feeling like abstract landscape. I would paint a straightforward landscape but then I inevitably get distracted and start messing around with the paint and interrupting it.
I am so grateful for this new-to-me easel that fell into my life.
I also started working into the sketchbook I made last week. The small size is a nice change. It's very small though! The pages are each 4x4.5 inches.
Here is the first page of the new book:
Another page inside the book. I tend to work out of order when I make books that have such a variety of papers. When a sketchbook has all the same type of paper I tend to go from beginning to end. This was partially made at a craft night with friends and I got to use my friend Kristen's stamp collection.
Thinking about selling some remaining pieces from my 2016 Scraps show. I do like having them around but also I don't want to stay drowning in my work, I want to leave space to make new work. Here's one:
This is my "palette" when I am painting. I tend to wipe excess paint here, and also mix paint with matte medium or mix colors. It evolves just as the real painting evolves and sometimes I want to stop and take a picture.
I found a folder of paintings on paper from a few years ago. Here is a xeroxed drawing of Leonora Carrington's childhood home, Crookhey Hall, which I then painted with gouache. I love this painting and I think I am going to frame it. It looks very haunted which it doesn't need to.