“Understanding Solitude”, 10×10″ mixed media on wood panel.
Poem by Kristina Goltsis, as presented on her Facebook page. I like the way she sets the words in an old-fashioned typewriter font. And it makes it easy to share these little gems as images.
I admit it, I am a reader of poetry. I’ve been to poetry slams and thoroughly enjoyed myself. And sometimes, a few lines of prose sticks in my memory and describes something that feels real to me.
Recently, I discover a young Toronto poet, Kristina Goltsis, when she posted some work in a Facebook group I belong to. There were a few that really spoke to me, but this one seemed to go with the feeling of the piece I was working on at the time. It seemed easy to finish it once I had these few lines in my head.
With non-objective work being only shape and colour, it’s pretty much impossible to “say” something with a piece. I go for the feeling. If you feel something in your gut when you look at it, I’ve succeeded. After a week I still like to look at this. It still feels right. I can let this one go.
“Ocean view”, 10×10″ acrylic on wood panel.
I’ve been working away on this little set of wood panels. I have to say I like working small. I can move pretty quickly, and even if they don’t work out right away if I just keep going, eventually they turn out alright. This one went through a few iterations. The paint was building up and building up… at some point, the shapes were just there and all I had to do was emphasize them a bit. I wasn’t sure it was done, so I put it aside for a week and when I went back to it, it looked better than I remember. I hope that happens with all of them, but somehow I doubt I will be that lucky.
I’m painting every day and that’s a good thing, given my deadline. It’s June… that snuck up on me quickly. We have a renovation scheduled for September. When I agreed that the date, I was positive I would be done all the work for my October show long before that. I think I jinxed myself. I really should know better. Things never work quite the way you think they will and having a deadline only ensures that.
I’m just going to keep plugging away. My goal is to have one new painting to post every week. I’ve got lots started, so it should be achievable. Right now I’m going back to work.
“Soul Window”, 10×10″ mixed media on wood panel.
Been a busy week. I’m back to painting every day, which is certainly when I feel my best. It’s sometimes difficult to fit in the time, but even a half hour is useful. Actually… sometimes a half hour is better than spending hours working away at something. I get in, I do whatever, and I’m done. No time to second guess. Sometimes when I go back into my studio the next day, I’m surprised that I actually like the result. It’s going in a bit of a different direction than what I visualized, but it’s going, so I’m just going to forge ahead and worry about putting together a collection that makes sense later.
A while ago someone made a suggestion to put all my inspiration together, and look for common elements. I’ve done that. I’ve printed out a couple dozen photos and taped them to my studio wall in groups. I’ve got all my “nature” shots… the beach, rocks, ocean, trees, animals, flowers. Then I’ve got my city stuff; buildings, peeling paint, crumbling concrete, public fountains, and lots of arches. Old churches and cobblestone. They are vastly different in feel, but both sets are inspiring.
This painting started with a scribble on a wood panel. I progressed from there, responding to the marks as I went. It reminds me of the way the sun streams in old windows. It’s been one of the few pieces I don’t feel like I’m labouring over. It just happened, and I’m not about to question that.