School is about to start. My supplies have arrived and I have been in my classroom unpacking, wondering why I got four bottles of spray canvas tightener- or rather-what very important thing did I think I was ordering instead! Oh no!
I can hear the squealing tires of my creativity and energy being suddenly re-directed. I don’t want to fall out of the slowly improving art making discipline I worked on all summer. Later in the school year when things are humming along it isn’t that hard to come home and paint, but the first few weeks? Good luck with that. I know I have to maintain my own painting these first few weeks in order to set a pattern for the year. So what to do? My plan is to go small. I have a batch of ACEO-sized ampersand panels, and some even smaller squares. I tried painting on one last night and found the pre-gessoed surface unpleasant, an unworkable combination of sticky and slippery, so added my own layer of Utrecht gesso. Adding a process step really wasn’t part of my plan and I want to be wary of potential procrastination-inducing hurdles, however small. So I gessoed 20. That should keep me going. I’m thinking working so small will be enjoyable and not overly time-consuming, but still reward me with finished works.
and this one of poppies in Giverny. I want this looseness to come more naturally, and I am hoping these little paintings will help because I really can’t get too fussy at that size. Or maybe I can, we’ll see.<
In any case, here is my first tiny oil painting from today-