|Acrylic oc 12x12s|
After selling our Comox home, purchasing in Courtenay, spending a two months getting it furnished, creating a new studio etc, we moved on to Ontario in mid September. We purchased a smaller condo here that we plan to use as our summer home -beginning next year. We are here for two months, again furnishing, creating a small studio, making contact with galleries and, most important, spending time with family and old friends. So I have not painted on a regular basis for months - first time since I started a decade ago.
My little studio is a 10x10 bedroom. Was not sure it was going to work - but it is OK and I have a garage where I can gessso and do all the messy stuff. So I am back painting - but I am not having an easy time of it. Its been a month and I have never struggled so much.
|My small Ontario Studio 10x10 ft|
|My new critiquing area - our dinning room - thank goodness for supportive spouses|
I have been knocking off 12x12s and smaller. Every few days I try something larger - but they are too visually busy. Its the move to the larger pieces that is giving me the most trouble. Can't seem to stop banging away with spots of colour hoping they will add up to something. I think of some of the acrylic painters I admire and how much control they have ....and I cannot seem to contain myself to achieve that control -control that I think I once had :
eg. Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki and Randy Hayashi
I remember Robert Genn, at his last Holly Hock workshop, telling me he was having difficulty translating his smaller sketches into successful larger pieces . Even the best is challenged at times.
A recent work up from a 12x12 to a 24x24 - Down from Blue Mountain
So I will keep at it and let you know how I make out.