Sunday, July 27, 2014
To close or not to close ? Paintings and a stamp challenge !
Just lately l have been wondering if l should close my art studio. Why? Well although l am paying the rent and am able to buy all the paint etc l need, for the last 3 years l have not paid myself. Don't get me wrong, l LOVE teaching babies, tots, children and adults but l hate cleaning floors. My main problem is this ... l cannot get volunteers to help me for just 3 hours in the afternoon for 4 days a week! They want to work with the children but not share any of the "yuck" jobs, in their view. So at the age of 61, l am laying the paper all over the studio floor, washing all the floors, washing the toys and so on.
Anyway, l have had time to think and l have decided to try and get the word out there more and see what happens. Fingers crossed please everyone.... or just the one person that reads this blog! :)
I must start finding time for myself to paint more too, especially as l have signed up to take part in Open Studio's this year again.
A while ago, l bought a Geli plate and l have had so much fun.
This is one of my children's paintings, that l have added more details to.
I am just about to finish"The Fallen Angel "series. I am stuck on their faces and am half way through the end painting. The faces are really stumping me, at the moment. I don't want to paint actual faces but l don't want them to stay blank either. Need to think about them for a while, l think. The first image is painting number 3 and then the next one is the last one.
My style has started to change again! This is a new finished piece. It has about 12 layers to it and l had so much fun creating it. Using acylic paint, stencils, modelling paste, inks and markers.
The next piece is another dream that l have had over 3 nights. It is still a work in progress but l am having fun, finding out where it is going!
The next image shows how a lot of my canvases start out. It is the result of me wiping my brush on a canvas, instead of a rag, when l change colour !
I have also been making stamps out of sticky-backed foam. So easy and l love the results. I challenged myself to use every pice of a sheet of foam. Look ... not only did l do that but l made 26 unique stamps. :)