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Monday, June 01, 2009

Unabandoned Paintings

Last week was fun, but short and full of appointments. With the slightly limited studio time that I had instead of starting on new work I brought everything in the studio that is still unfinished a few steps closer to becoming complete. As much as is practical for me, I’d like to finish the whole series all at the same time. The way that has been working out so far is to start three or four paintings each month and then also spend some time working on the almost finished. I like having something to work on in the event that everything else needs some extra drying time or whatever. The overall idea is that this approach will give everything in a planned show a certain element of consistency while also helping me to envision the whole as it comes together along the way rather than finishing one by one while trying to not let the latest piece be more “developed” than the earlier ones.

This month the large canvases that have been sitting in the studio will get started on at last. One is 40 x 60” and the other is 45 x 60”. I had better double-check my paint stock.

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10 comments:

Chad Wallace said...

I like working big too. Good start on this one, nice movement.

Jean Spitzer said...
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Jean Spitzer said...

I love the spiral in the "detail."

I'm learning so much from your blog.

I am really liking using safflower oil for my brushes. I'm also realizing that this method is good for the environment because I'm not washing paint down the sink.

Melissa said...

I love this, I can't wait to see the big ones!

Palmer said...

I love the detail too! Can't wait to see more.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great and well planned approach. Looking forward to seeing more!

Dianne said...

Sorry, not sure why that comment posted as "anonymous"

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Everyone!

Chad, I know working big can be fun.

Jean, That's great to hear, and I've learned a bunch from your blog too.

Melissa, Palmer, and Dianne, I'll keep everyone posted.

r garriott said...

Very intriguing painting... I like your description of the work process. I, too, find I have to have at least a half dozen canvases going at any time, to suit my available time/energy on any given day.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks R Garriott - I enjoyed looking at your work on your blog, as well as the wonderful information on postcards and printing.