Friday, October 12, 2007

Long hours in the studio...

A shot of the studio with new paintings on the left...

I am madly working to finish work for my solo show in November. I had to admit to myself yesterday that I won't have enough to fill my half of the gallery. All the paintings I'm doing right now are too big and too complex to finish quickly. I have to acknowlege that my painting style and subject matter is in a BIG transition period, and I want to and need to be painting something that is radically different.

I'm honest with myself on this show: it's not going to be my best. I'm going to put it together as well as I can with what I have, even mixing in some 2 yr old paintings with the new ones. I'm just going to get through it, and see what happens on the other side.

Here is a detail of a current painting. Damned intricate to work around the lines, fill in the 'leaves' with just the right density of paint....and now I've added gold leaf into the mix! So far, of all the paintings I've been attempting to work on for this show, this one seems the most genuine and worthwhile.

Stressful times for me. I'll never do two big shows back to back's driving me crazy. I know when I'm stressed out because I wake with a sore jaw and aching teeth every morning. If I'm stressed during the day, I grind my teeth all night! During the final days of putting The Bones Show together, I had to take ibuprofen every 3 hours to try to stave off the pain.

What we do for art, right?

8 hours in the studio is all I can do today......


BookGirl said...

E, I find that one of the exciting (and sometimes frustrating) things about art is that it's impossible to know ahead of time what direction its going to take you. And that includes how long it's going to take to get where you want to go.

You're going with the flow, accepting the limitations of time, and accommodating to it. Sounds like a healthy way to approach the situation. Good luck!

Eero said...

Thanks, Bookgirl!
I had hoped this show was going to be better, but will be what it will be.

I'm looking forward to the work I'll make after the show is done!