11/07/2004: "New Paintings"
Well, I'm pretty much in shock but despite eating *way* too much left over Halloween candy and nearly going into a sugar coma, I was able to get the under paintings done for six new paintings! This brings the total number of pieces "in progress" up to 10. That seems like a perfectly respectable number for a solo. On top of that I was able to finish up one of my in progress commissioned pieces so as soon as that dries I can get it in the mail and scratch one more thing off of my to do list.
Now all I have to do is wait a week or two for the base coats to dry and then haul ass with the top coats. Since I want these alluvial flow paintings to replicate the way water cuts through sand in random patterns, I'm planning to paint some colored glaze coats and then mist them with mineral spirits so the pigments run following paths of least resistance. In my head it looks great but I've never painted this way before so I'm not at all sure that it will work the way I think it will.
Next weekend I'll start posting photos...
Oh yah, I also got long distance phone calls this weekend from nearly every close friend I had in college (and a couple calls I missed while running errands). Everyone is in various stages of grief (denial, anger, and acceptance) but they all wanted to commiserate. I think the over-riding sentiment though, was that rather than giving up, we should all be even more vigilant in the upcoming days. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Unrelated, does anyone know what this this is? I found them growing all over the place last month, near mushrooms and such.