Here comes the show.
I've been working on this for over a month now. 40+ pieces. This show will contain work spanning the past 4 years. Many have been in storage or taken off their stretchers and rolled up, never to be seen again. It will be hung Salon Style - meaning wall to wall - floor to ceiling - with only a few inches between each piece.
Most have been dusted off, put back on the easel, and asked: "will you be in my show? Yes or No." The No votes get a second question: "Is there something I can fix?" If this answer is "Yes" - it goes back on the easel for a makeover or touch up. Sometimes completely painting over the entire image, other times adding the elements I wish I had added, or fixing passages that never came out right in the first place.
Re-painting can be destructive - but the philosophy is this - It was destined to be in storage anyway, so why not try to make it beautiful. It can not get any worse than it already was. and besides. I am confident enough in my abilities that I can resuscitate any dead canvas. and if it doesn't come out? It was No anyway.
I've been busy making some new work. I have a reoccurring voice in my head saying "just make it". Too often I will visualize a piece and never move on it. It is kind of like my internal "critic" looks at the mental image to determine if it is worth the time and effort (and money sometimes) to make it. This can be very frustrating to look back on. I mean, why not just do it and look at it in the flesh and determine the next step? The mental image is not the one that is always produced.
Ideas come during the creation.
and they continue to come after you make it and sit and think about what you did and what you can do to it. As you work you realize possibilities.
Sometimes ideas reach years back. Sometimes they are fresh and brand new. - and sometimes they are a combination of the two. Sometimes I do not know how to reconcile an idea and it will be put on hold. (I'm talking about the new pieces now) The texture panels from the previous post have been acted upon and I am following through on my desire to see what is there. I have 4 more large (2'x4') panels in the works and 2 very large (4'x4') ones on deck.
I got really interested in the visual image of lava flows and was exploring that in the textures and blasting them with a rich red when a phrase crept into mind - "Hell Panels". well, that was enough to get me excited. and to keep exploring techniques. I'm glad I make a bunch of panels (small ones too) because I've got a lot of ideas/applications to test. The "theme" I've had as guidance is the elements - earth, air, fire, water - kind of thing.
a little peek? ok..
same image- I shot it one way, then flipped it and shot it again. look how ENORMOUSLY different they appear. (I also add transparent pearlescent colors - the blue/violet) the transparent only shows up when you look at it in a certain way. how cool is that? and this one is still in progress - it is a test subject.