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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