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.