Saturday, October 06, 2012

Floating along



I can't tell you how freeing it is to have more time to paint and create without the pressure of additional blog posts.  While I enjoy the interaction and being able to share work, I also believe that I'm doing you, the readers, an disservice in not being able to provide quality information when the posts were so frequent.

The additional time allows me to think more about what I want to create, to review the past, and look towards the future.  I've spent time getting ready for an exhibition on November 1st with a number of pieces sitting at the framer's.  I tell you more about the exhibition once its done and dusted, only to say that its a group effort with Arts Northeast. 

I've been experimenting with encaustic and layering and enjoy the effects that can be achieved with the medium.  I'm also working on a series of articulated paper pieces that I'll be able to share more about next week.  I know, teasers, teasers! 

Between the portraits I've been doing, a jellyfish found its way onto a little repurposed canvas.  This was an 8 x 8" gallery canvas that I found sitting on a shelf while I looked for something else.  A quick overpainting in pthalo turquoise and indigo and the jelly was ready to set sail.

I know there are mixed opinions about using pre-painted panels or canvasses.  There can be issues, depending on the texture or thickness of paint on the original surface.  That can be smoothed and sanded back and the piece gessoed to get back an almost original surface.  I usually tend to be spontaneous in repurposing canvasses and just grab one and let the new painting take over, texture or not.  I haven't been disappointed yet.


5 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Jeanette, I am quite curious about your articulated paper pieces...As for repurposed canvases, it would be a shame to let a canvas just go to waste when we can try to give them a new life. Your jellyfish is very nice and I really like the palette that you have used.

suzanneberry said...

lovely jeanette! hope you are well.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Christiane, the jelly fish was just fun to do inbetween other larger pieces. I agree about using what we can to turn them into something special.

Hey Suz, I'm doing ok, despite some eye issues that don't want to let up. I hope all is well with you.

Katherine Thomas said...

That's a beautiful painting with such a dreamy, free feeling to it! I like what you said about finally having time to explore different ideas with your art. I think that's so important to not feel pressed for time. During those long hours of unstructured time is when we are free to let our minds go where they want to go... I'm excited to see what you do next with your projects! Could you write about the articulated papers, I don't know what that is!?

Sue Pownall said...

This is lovely.