Friday, September 07, 2007

Post 199...

This bones painting is taking an enormous amount of time and labor. Sometimes, one must accept that things will take as long as they will take....




Here is a closer view. I've layer tissue beneath gesso on 1/8" baltic birch plywood (cheap, smooth) and I'm working solely in acrylics. I did some underpainting, stamping, etc. to the sub-layer, but now think that it doesn't mesh with the meticulous painting of the rib bones, themselves. I have 5 or six old, dry ribs that I hold in my left hand, paint brush in right hand. It helps to look at them closely and frequently. And where did I get this collection of ribs? I seem to recall pulling them off some hideous sculpture at the local university art dept. trash bin....but I don't exactly recall. They're not moose ribs---too short. Not caribou, either...too round and thick. I suspect they are from a Dall sheep....best guess, anyway. I hope no paleontologists mess with me about the exact details on the ribs...I am taking some artistic license, after all....

Painting table----limited pallette. I've switched to Liquitex; affordable and showing some good plasticky permanence. I had been mixing these with some Art Advantage acrylics, but the color kept pulling up when I painted over them. Frustrating! There was one particular red that wouldn't stay put and bled through all other colors laid over it. Made me want to tear my hair out! Or chuck the painting on the burn pile....destiny of all bad art.


Here is the action shot.... My studio is incredibly full of crap....just as is every other artist's studio I've had the pleasure to visit. I don't like the disarray, but a full organizing campaign would entail moving almost everything out of this room to build shelves, etc. Can't do it now...gotta paint. (As you can see, the bones painting is somewhat large---HxW is 4'x3'.


The studio, myself, second view...

I wrote this to take a break from painting.....back to work!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Stiles Creek hiking trip

A 15 mile loop hike with a cabin half way. Henry and I, two friends and dog, Guthrie. Beautiful weather, good conversation, so great to get out in the woods, if even for a couple of days.



Erin and Amy. The whole trip was Amy's idea and plan. She's a goldmine of fun ideas. Unfortunately, due to an act which we all referred to as a "misguided moment of hyper-vigilance," Amy accidentally sprayed her own chest with some high powered bear mace, making the rest of the hiking trip pretty uncomforable for her......sadly, the incident happened within the first 3 miles of the hike! She was a remarkably good sport about it....

(She had the mace out because we faced off a large mama moose who wouldn't get out of the trail and had no fear of us, no matter how we yelled and jumped around. When Guthrie barked, Amy sprayed, moose ran, and the rest of us scattered out of the downwind pepper spray cloud.)


Dinner at the cabin. Although each of us was worried that we hadn't brought enough food, once we unloaded our packs, there was enough food for the four of us for a few days.... Amy brought the peach schnapps....good stuff on a hiking trip! Who would've thought....

We spent the evening reading out of the cabin visitor's log book. The entries were everything from boring to hilarious to strange.


This time of year the lowbush cranberries are perfect! We picked and ate them all along the trail to and from the cabin.


Guthrie and Erin, post hike. Guthrie is a big, happy, goofy dude and great to hike with.

Back to daily life in the studio...