01/12/2007: "Surface Treatment"
This morning I awoke to a trail of alizarin crimson paw prints, Osiris expressing himself again. This has happened before and as it's too much to try and clean, I've decided to just appreciate the little paw prints for their aesthetic charm.
In other news, I went to a great exhibit at the Two Crow Studio and Gallery last Friday night. Jennifer Moss has some cool abstract paintings of amoebas, cell division, and like thatÖin acrylic paint on panel with the use of clear acrylic medium to create multiple transparent layers. Well, Iím not describing it very well but her work is very interesting.
It was particularly interesting because she was using panel, and yet had quite a bit of textural layers built up. For some reason, when I look at paintings Iíve done on panel they are very smooth, and the ones Iíve done on canvas have a lot more textureÖie. Are a lot more painterly, with use of pallet knife and lots of scraping etc.
I also changed to walnut oil paints around the same time I switched to panel, so that might have something to do with it as well. M. Graham paints come in very small 35ml tubes and can be incredibly expensive. Since Iím no longer using toxic mediums in my work, building up a similar amount of texture to emulate my style when I was using large 200ml tubes of Windsor Newton paints is not an option.
My main point in all of this is that I am *still* resisting the idea of changing to acrylic from oils and yet, I want my next batch of paintings (regardless of the subject matter) to be loaded with texture. It is the one element I miss the most from my last exhibit. I just donít know how to get it without going bankrupt.
Iíve tried (in the past) to use modeling paste on the base layer to create texture, but it just doesnít have the same quality that a build up of paint has. So, any suggestions?
Also, last night Aaron and I went to see Raven Odyssy at Perseverance Theatre: "Combining traditional song and dance and gathered through interviews with Elders and storytellers, this contemporary theatrical retelling of Raven stories brings together Alutiiq, Athabascan, Haida, Inupiaq, Siberian Yup'ik, Tlingit, and Yup'ik performers from around the state."
One of Aaron's good friends was in a leading role and it was a lot of fun to watch. I also ran into Ryan, an old friend from my wild Anchorage years...who was running one of the spot lights. He recognized my laugh. I hate my laugh, it's too loud and I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said "hey, were you at the movie Friday night, I heard you laughing". grrrr
What else is new?
Well, I've been playing raquetball, downhill and cross country skiing, and I had my first soccer game on Tuesday night. I turned a very lovely shade of dark purple. I had no idea how much running would be involved. I also got hit quite hard while attempting a "boob block" while acting as goalie. It was a lot of fun though.
And, I'm not exactly painting at the moment, though I think I'm very nearly finished with The Commission, and I've put a 24"x30" canvas on the easle and I'm just waiting for inspiration to stike.
but I'm not worried about it.
Oh no, I'm not worried in the slightest!