I’m back . . .

After a forced hiatus over the summer I am finally getting back into my studio to create. I wish I could say that I was deluged with ideas while I was “off” but that was not the case.

Painting – I have a love/hate relationship with this part of my creative process.┬áSome of the recycled metal I use on my pieces has text on the back; I use paint to cover this. I love the added color that painting gives my pieces, but I do not have the patience for painting. As an artist with no formal training, I think that paint should cover what you want covered on the first coat. Not true. Even good acrylic paint takes multiple coats. And then there is the transparency issue. When I select paint, I am choosing the colors that work with my mobiles. Only when I get home do I discover that the perfect blue is almost transparent and will take twice as many coats to cover the piece. After much frustration I discovered gesso, which helps. And I was thrilled to discover it comes in black as well as white.

So now I plan to spend hours painting multiple coats on my pieces. Fortunately my sawing skills have improved dramatically which frees up time for – painting!

Art Rocks!

Alternative Facts
Alternative Facts

I just finished my first local juried show and to say that I was inspired is a vast understatement. There are not enough hours in the day for me to work on all the ideas that have popped up from my creative side since the show. I’ve been sketching, sawing, cutting, hammering, painting (more on that in another post) and building mobile bases like I’m possessed! My metal sculpture class is ending this week, so this is the perfect time for me to start new projects in the studio.