I added more glazes. Now the stamps become a subtle accent, hopefully not too much so. I toned down the yellow of the ground and windows because it was competing with the rest of the work. Tomorrow...the big finale.
I fill in areas with color and then proceed to lay glazes over them. You can see this in the right side of the middle nurses cape. This painting is already taking off in directions I didn't anticipate. Oh well, no guts...no glory.
Pynelogs is having its 95th birthday party in the coming week or so. There is an invitation out to artists to paint their interpretation of what Pynelogs means to them. I know lots of people are painting scenes of the building. I, however, am a sucker for old nurses uniforms--love the cap and tights. Because part of Pynelogs history is as a hospital, I am working from an old photo of some of the nurses that served there.
I am starting out with laying down my stamped collage bits. I will go back in with colors and glazes to make some kind of statement. This is always a learning process! Oh, and it has to be done by friday.
It's supposed to warm up again this week, but this morning when I uncovered my tomato plants, there was a cold breeze wafting down from the mountains.
This is my little garden fence that I am quite pleased with. I found the pickets (and the paint) at the dump. Nothing like a little recycling! Good old Bruce figured out a simple way to mount them and I am very pleased with the effect. Next...garden gates!
I am inspired by a book about Grant Leier and Nixie Barton, two wonderful wacky Vancouver Island artists that have an amazing garden. Check out their book "The Romance Continues". My goal is to decorate my garden with recycling for next season. No more humdrum acreage.
My one woman show reception at Centre 64 took place yesterday. The hanging committee did a fantastic job. Centre 64 is lovely gallery and my paintings looked great in there.
Margaret asked for props, so I took my painting companion, Mr. Thrifty and my travel art kit. I want to thank all involved for preparing this show and special thanks to all my friends who made the effort to view it.
I dragged Bruce off for a drive on Sunday. I wanted to visit the paint pots on the route to Banff. Very Cool! I know that pigments come from minerals and earth but to see it laying out on the ground was exciting. Raw ochre and red iron oxide. To quote Lorrie Drennan "Don't you just want to lick it?" We have pictographs on the edge of town were some native person drew a record of a hunt ( or raid?) many years ago using the iron oxide.
I went back and mucked around on this painting of Island Pond. The sky and water were quite a bit darker before, giving the painting an unsettling aspect. I remember the day I was painting it I became very frustrated with the mountains in the background... the clouds kept sweeping across them changing the shapes and colors. Duh, I finally realized I had the power just to remove them. Sometimes paintings are much stronger with good editing.
I am so happy that I don't have to be anywhere today. First time in quite some time that I can putter around the house and paint.
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