Thursday, February 04, 2010
Insomnia has benefits and drawbacks.
Last night, well this morning, I woke and couldn't get back to sleep. My mind kicks into gear as soon as I'm awake and the longer I lie in bed willing myself to sleep, the worse it becomes. So I gave in and got up. It was 3:30am.
Armed with a cup of coffee, some digestive biscuits and a long cold night I decided to prep some more masa paper for a new painting. My sights are set on koi carp in this one and by the time light filtered through the window of the studio, I had the piece drawn and the paper wetted, crumpled, painted and drying.
It looks very abstract right now but is coming together slowly. Masa does become much more fragile when wet, so it doesn't take much moving paint around or scrubbing. You can't lift pigment out of the paper either so once you've made your mark, you're more or less stuck with it.
The drawback of insomnia is that I was tired all day and still am. But I'm fighting it til normal bedtime in the hopes that I can sleep. If not, well there's always another painting to do.