It is very nice to have finished a painting, and, even better, one that I like, just before leaving for Kanuga. What a confidence builder! A few weeks ago, I took a great number of source photos of this bouquet of white blossoms, in different blue glass vases and sitting on a variety of blue silk scarves. This one didn't turn out the way I had planned or even what I expected (so, what else is new?). But I like it anyway.
I'm all prepared for my "semi-independent study" with Robbie Laird at Kanuga (that's what I'm calling it, I'll report on what it actually is upon my return!). Having chosen maybe a dozen source photos that I liked a lot, I spent the early part of March doing newsprint drawings from them. That exercise helped me narrow down which ones held my interest. I ended up with six favorite drawings. I traced those drawings onto half-sheets of Arches 140, and THEN soaked and stretched the paper onto both sides of three pieces of Gatorboard. This should give me lots to work on when I get there.
I've never prepared so many "starts" at once before. It has been fun and productive both. I found my drawing skills coming back a bit as I worked. I'm quite excited about what will come next, and pleased that I will have four days to work on all of these. I am already wondering if it will turn into a new way of working for me.
Do most of you have multiple paintings going at once? I'm usually sorry when I don't, because I am more likely to move too quickly and make poor decisions. Setting things aside for a bit is never a bad idea.