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07/16/2007: "The Newest Joy of Painting"

Well, Aaron was away for the weekend so I spent *most* of my time painting. Rob and I did go out to see the new Harry Potter on Friday night, which was a lot of fun. But then I cracked down and made some serious progress on Sat. and Sunday.

I brought my easel and other materials up from my new studio to the living room, which is where I really prefer to paint.

So, here’s my post-solo weekend, exhibit update:

Days until show: 54
Number of new paintings in progress: TEN !!!
Number of current paintings I think I’ll end up wanting to display: four or five
Number of new Ultramarine blue carpet stains (of considerable circumference): two

After I finished lying down the first layer of paint for all the paintings that I already had sketched out…I wanted to keep going so I started to do some with only a general idea in mind which was pretty exciting.

The two paintings I did this way turned out much looser and more abstract than the other pieces but I really like them and they might represent a new direction for me after all. I find it interesting because my work has been becoming more realistic and these newest pieces are more similar to work from 10 years ago. I don't think of this as a regression necessarily, not in a negative sense any way.

I think the most freeing aspect of these new pieces is the smaller size. I can start a painting and see how it goes without having to “waste” a canvas or a lot of expensive paint in the process. I even did a couple of very small paintings (5”x7”) which is totally new for me.

It was a shame to have to stop but I’ll be on my own for the next couple of weekends as well so I hope to get as much done as humanly possible. I still haven’t quite mastered the art of working with someone else in the house, though I suppose that will come.

I picked Aaron up this morning from the airport and I was *very* excited and happy to have him back. As joyful as it was to have a weekend to do nothing but paint, I’d still choose my honey over painting any day. I guess that makes me one of the luckiest women alive!

Replies: 2 Comments

on Tuesday, July 17th, Jim L said

Glad you're painting!

Fact of the Universe: Average minimum time between opening a tube of phthalo blue (or ultramarine in your case) and stains appearing where you swear you never even were: 30 seconds.

on Tuesday, July 17th, Elise said

Thanks Jim, I'm happy too...really really happy (and relieved!)

And funny thing, I checked the name of the color on the tube of paint that dripped on the floor and it *was* the Phthalo!!!

How funny is that?