Lesson Six is about creating atmosphere in a painting.
I'll tell ya one thing, I've got plenty of atmosphere in my head today, and it's layered and messy. Not sure where that will take me.
I've got a square of canvas paper, an assignment, and little in the way of any notion of what I want to do.
I think I'll just take a few steps and document my trail.
• brushed on neutrals in free-form fashion, lifted paint with cheap drawing paper every so often
• brushed on transparent color, wiped some away with soft cloth, added texture, added semi-transparent veiling
• brushed on opaque white
• created a pattern of collaged circles
• stopped for the day
As I traveled through the up-close (too-close?) movement of process, my thoughts careened all over the place, mostly nowhere pleasant.
But now I've tidied my studio for the day and I have a moment to step back.
I'm struck yet again by the mysterious magic of messing about with painting.
When I woke up today, the materials in my studio were inert.
I made my bed, took a walk with a friend, shopped for groceries, prepared food, ran errands, painted for awhile.
Now, a square of canvas paper speaks of my presence in the world, of a few moments of transformative encounter with creativity. Like grass lying flat in a field, this little splash of paint on paper says, something alive has passed through here.