“Let me keep my distance, always from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.” -Mary Oliver
The above piece is 14×14 – acrylics (open & heavy body), graphite and watercolor pencils. For the background, I laid down many layers of color. After each layer dried, I sanded and repeated with more color. When the background seemed finished, I added the horse and the figure.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s mid-September already. And that we’ve lived in our mountain home over a year now. We’ve accomplished a lot – but found many days we could not work because of all the rain during the spring and summer. The enclosed, raised bed garden space is finally ready for the beds – and we have the materials on hand to begin.
We are meeting with HVAC folks about conditioning our garage/studio space and that means — soon I will have a place to work with clay again! YAY. I sold my wheel almost two years ago, so my new work will all be handbuilt and nonfunctional. I’m not sure if I will stay with earthenware or go back to ^6. I will share the studio with Bob & his woodworking tools and he has come up with a brilliant idea to make one whole wall windows (non working – just glass). That side of the garage looks out to the woods and will let in wonderful light.
The garage/studio space will also allow me to work on larger panels. Right now in my small studio, the largest I’m comfortable working with is 24×24. I will also be able to do a little encaustic work and I want to combine that with clay.
I love painting and have no desire to give it up to do clay. There will be time for both. I think one will inform the other. I’m hoping these last few years making marks will help with my surface treatments. I just have to figure out what will work in the kiln firings – always a challenge.
“While working on one piece, another concept often emerges and it this constant, stimulating flow that causes my work to evolve.” -B.J. Adams