Friday, December 21, 2007

Studio

Well, this is fun, interesting and weird. Writing this, I mean.

Work in the studio goes well. It is finally cool enough to leave the door open and let Ollie the dog go in and out as he pleases. I am getting ready for a show at Koelsch gallery in Houston, Jan 10th. Actually, I've been ready but i keep doing more work and honing the ones done. And in several cases, painting over the ones done. Not a problem as the work is on panel not canvas.

Gone are the days of painting quite large....76" X 84" for many of them. I haven't painted a big one since maybe 2005? I liked the feeling of being able to walk into the painting. And the gallery I had (now gone) in Dallas did well in placing them.

But times change and hands get stiff. So I'm working small, 12" x 12", and some smaller and some a bit larger.
It is a different kind of challenge. But it is also a solution. In addition to the big work I did do, I painted very small gouaches on Indian village paper. These were rich and layered and very intimate. So working in oil on the panels brings both methods together.

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