...is as good as a rest. A statement which, currently, I most certainly agree with. After a good few weeks of frustratingly little progress on the painting front I have finally put brush to canvas over this weekend! Rather than working on the series of paintings I had planned to do during 2010 (detailed here), I have been working on prepping several new paintings that I am undertaking using a refreshingly simple approach.
I felt that I needed to adopt this change to try and break the cycle of painting unproductiveness I had found myself immersed in.
This change has coincided with the change in weather. The blossoming of spring has acted as a catalyst to remind me that time is rapidly passing by and my studio practice is developing very slowly! Two of the canvases are still not, in any way, yet ready for public consumption. However, I am prepared to share the work to date on the following triptych:
These paintings are also still in their infancy and about to embark on the third stage of their creation. They are for a recent commission and I am just considering my next move. I approached each of these canvases using the same process. I even completed each stage of the canvases simultaneously. The differences in each canvas are therefore a welcome surprise. The application of paint can be manipulated and controlled to a certain extent, but there is always an element of unpredictability. This is a particularly welcome element on this occasion.
I had an image planned to run across these canvases but am now trying to decide how prominent a role this will play in the final paintings. I almost like them as they are, but do not want to fully rule out further development just yet. I certainly now want to keep more of the background layers than I had initially intended.
The one difficulty thing of liking the effects of a painting in the very early stages is that you become nervous about continuing. Knowing when to stop is a constant dilemma. Knowing when you have gone too far conversely is very immediate and obvious. Sadly it is often too late to rectify/undo something that has been done. If you are able to undo an action the painting often loses its freshness.
I will continue to consider how to proceed with this series and keep you posted on progress. If it all goes horribly wrong at least I have a record of what the canvases looked like prior to my (possibly unnecessary) meddling!