I bounce first to Laurie Bishop Bogue whose January 12th 30 Days Challenge entry is a diptych with lots of texture and subtle touches of color. Hmm, a diptych. And yum, that texture, those subtle colors. Ping!
I bounce next to Kari Melen who started her Day 12 painting with a very light wash of warm gray around the edges. I never think to start with a very light wash of gray. Or any gray. Or even a light wash. Ping!
Then I land lightly on a blog post by Nicholas Wilton in which he explores thoughts about offering up both sides of ourselves—the controlling part as well as an attempt at losing this control, being spontaneous, flying by the seat of our pants. He goes on to say that this offering up of not-in-control is particularly generous, risky on the part of the artist. Ping!
I bounce right into my studio to yesterday's 5x8" work in progress and think I might let the final cut of this piece result in a diptych after I paint today. I mix up titanium white, bright aqua green, dioxazine purple, hooker's green deep hue, and some gloss medium to make me a light gray(ish) wash. I spread it around with a matte knife, my fingers, and a piece of that woodstaining pad I mentioned the other day. Some things happen that are out of my control—bleeding through of yesterday's black paint marker, for example. I respond, trying this and that. Then I grab a piece of mesh dry wall tape and a baby washcloth and use them together to create a subtle grid texture.
All very unpredictable. All unplanned. All very satisfying.
Ping, ping, ping!
|January 2017 30in30 Challenge, Day 18|
5x8"; acrylic and ink on canvas paper
work in progress