10/30/2005: "Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint."
Tonight I finally (after months of research) purchased the Airsopure s-980 to eliminate VOCs from my home studio. I'll let you know if it works.
I had a somewhat strange weekend...lots going on internally...I had a long talk with Rick, drank too much red wine, and later watched Mansfield Park which made me miss him even more. I also took too many naps and had some crying/laughing fits respectively yet still managed to paint...a lot.
I started making a list of all the things I feel strongly about, what made me cry? laugh? get angry and throw things at the wall? Next I listed specific items that I can use to create visual representations. It's a long list, but I hope to use it to mix and match on future paintings. See, I purchased a bunch of smaller sized Amersand gesso boards from Dick Blick tonight; I'd like to use them daily to respond to anything that really gets to me, you know, without it being a huge monetary or time investment. I see them as little vignettes but if any are very good, I can always reproduce them larger scale.
I also have to start hiring models. There are too many things I want to express that I can't, strong shadows, extreme perspectives... imagery that is too complex to just pull out of my head from scratch. So, I'll need to find out the going rate, maybe post some signs. I need a man and a woman together and I need to take photographs (nothing pervy). I'm not sure how well that's going to go over though. Does that seem like a reasonable thing for an artist to ask?
I've never hired an art model outside of a class studio environment, so I really don't know how to go about this. Uh oh, I wonder what narcolepsy feels like?