Friday, February 2, 2018

Repartée

Another day with a few minutes in my studio and further interaction with free canvas #3.

I set the canvas in front of me.

Give it time to speak to me in some way.

Several pockets of neutral make a little noise that catches my attention. Develop them a bit and, once I set paint and palette knife in motion, the conversation picks up for a short, rapid, playful back-and-forth that includes bright pops of oil pastels and bold marks from a black paint marker.

The canvas now sits on the landing at the top of the stairs near my studio. We exchange greetings in passing. Intermittentlythroughout the day I take in its color, composition, linework, and layers.

Will continue to do so till sometime next week.

free canvas #3
work in progress

15 comments:

  1. Loving your discuss with your painting while working and in passing. I also have a painting that I see quiet often but so far is silent.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. This piece seems content to be kinda low-key and nonverbal thus far this weekend!

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  2. It's a nine to fiver, so taking the weekend off is mandatory ;) Love the additions. Love that there is something to look forward to next week. :)

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    1. Gotta love the change of pace on a weekend! I'm currently hanging out with my dad in Bethel, ME, where the thermometer reads -1.

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  3. exchanging greetings with paintings....a new technique!

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    1. Our greetings are pretty funny.

      What's up?

      I dunno. You?

      Me neither.

      Catch ya later.

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  4. Hahaha! I think Jennifer had the same visual as I did- you're exchanging greetings with your canvasses. THAT's what I need to try when a painting isn't speaking to me! This is on it's way to being a very beautiful and intuitive painting. Lucky canvasses to have your loving words-hah! You make me laugh! Wait. Did I just say "lucky canvasses?" By Jove I did.

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    1. You guys have the right visual: Dotty and her canvases chattin' up a storm, or, conversely, barely giving a nod in passing. Since this current canvas doesn't seem to be answering email or text messages, maybe I'll write directly … as in on her skin : )

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  5. This is so great! Painting and leaving - having the conversation - although yours is much nicer sounding than my approach. Something has changed with your painting Dotty - I can't quite put my finger on it - don't really need to - as always enjoy your conversations and your painting process!

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    1. Janet, so appreciative of your comments—thank you!

      If you DO put your finger on what you perceive to have changed with my painting, please let me know! I am fascinated to think that a change is observable, and I'd love to know what shifts are showing up visually to your eye : )

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    2. I am going to give it some thought and will get back to you Dotty!!

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  6. Love the way you let the painting evolve and give it some time. I usually try to finish it at once. Maybe it's because they are small? But yours are small too!

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    1. Simone, I don't know that I actually 'let' a painting evolve—I think that's just 'what happens.' So many factors come into play … size of painting, time available, and inner conditions that are generally unknowable. I often work until I don't know what's next. Hard to find words for this, but let's keep talking.

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  7. Can't wait to see what you do with it, Dotty. :)

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    1. That makes two of us. It is giving me the silent treatment for now, so I'm giving it a rest.

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