Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Furnishing

I recently read an exquisitely written memoir by David Giffels entitled Furnishing Eternity.

When I paint, I think I furnish not eternity but right-now. At least sometimes. Often enough, in any case, to bring me back to my studio day after day.

Giffels, telling the story of using a router outfitted with a tongue-in-groove bit to shape the edge of a long pine board, gives words to what I think of as the now of painting: An hour passed, then another. Eventually, I became one with the process, a transformation I've always savored. First one enters the work, then the work enters oneself.

First I enter the work, then the work enters me. I am grateful each and every time the work enters me.

There has already been much back and forth with my patch in progress below. I enter the work, the work enters me, I enter the work, the work enters me.

Gonna let it "chill" overnight and see what I think tomorrow.

 

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History thus far:


    


     
        
          

8 comments:

  1. Love the progression photos! Furnish interesting word, in a house it's decorating,embellishing,with painting it's the act of giving something to the viewer and of course to oneself. Starting is the hard part but once there it's pure magic. I love when I get into the process, actually that could be like a drug. I don't like to put what I call realistic themes to mixes of shapes lines or patterns, but with this exception cheese cake with blueberries!

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    1. Cheesecake with blueberries! Perfect!

      Thanks, as always for your comments, Carol. Glad you enjoy the progression photos, and I appreciate your discussion of the word 'furnish.'

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  2. I am always grateful for your posts. Your thoughts, the process pics and then the KABLAM! beautiful patches unfolding....

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    1. KABLAM! Thanks, Jen. I have been on the go every minute of the 6 hours of this unfolding day thus far, and now I am anchored momentarily at home—in my house and on my blog. So glad you live in my day-to-day 'neighborhood.'

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  3. Thanks for the progression pics - so interesting - l would love to be hanging over your shoulder watching it all unfold. Gorgeous, rich colour!!

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  4. I never get tired of seeing process so I often photograph it for myself—and my followers : )

    Funny, *I'd* like to be hanging over my shoulder watching, too!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the process Dotty. So fun. Your heart is in everything you do. Just love the blue "berry" flowers :)

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    1. Always happy to share process—except now I'm seeing those blue 'berry' flowers again, which I loved, and which kinda disappeared in the process eventually. Perhaps they'll pop up again somewhere.

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