Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Layer 15/100

I continue with my 100layersofpaint.

Today I alternately experience the sensory immediacy of creating and the pulling back to observe.

I feel the give of a sponge roller, catch the faint smell of a Posca pen, see the brightness of teeny pops of orange and red, hear the scritch of an ink pen on gessobord.

I notice that today I am painting in a way that suggests finishing stages—adding little details, punching up bits of color, retracing linework to give it more depth … all the while knowing I have 85 layers to go!

The intuitive immediacy and the more thought-filled attention to detail are both gifts of this exercise—gifts of ongoing engagement and self-discovery, gifts of the creative process … specifically my creative process.

Layer 15.

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8 comments:

  1. Little steps, little steps. Did you veil the collage? Somehow its much stronger, the yellows too!

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    1. I DID veil the collage! Hats off to you for noticing. I used a foam brayer that was just the perfect tool; it was really fun to play with the veiling—to find a place where it had more presence and opacity but still offered a view to underlayers.

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  2. Those uneven, not perfect lines are so cool. Calling to me. Love how you OWN it Dotty! Wishing you all the fun your creative heart can stand!

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    1. Glad those uneven, not perfect lines resonated with you—love making them, love how they feel like a beautiful reflection of uneven, not perfect me. Thanks for the affirmation for my owning this process!

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  3. Love your observation on the finishing touches...it's like the 100 layers will ebb and flow like tides - running high up the beach to change everything, pulling back into the ocean to let it rest.

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    1. yes yes yes! Thanks for your analogy. For me, I think that will be the nature of the journey vs. a significant flow tide day after day. Your words are affirming : )

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  4. Love the veiling and those small details. I know they will disappear, but they also might appear again. Thinking about the layers makes me think of archaeological digs, etc. - what will be uncovered.... You will have such a good record of what actually does lie beneath with your documentation using photos and writing. Enjoy your day

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    1. Janet, I enjoyed your comments. I often think about the archaeological-dig aspect of painting when creating and uncovering layers.

      And I'm grateful to be keeping a photographic and written history of this project. I think knowledge of that record allows me to move along more easily than might otherwise be possible.

      Enjoy your day also!

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