Then, while on vacation, I was mulling around what to do with my big, WIP canvas. Toying with this idea and that. Wondering, speculating, visualizing. One night as I'm laying in bed trying to sleep, I got a germ of an idea....tossed and turned some more and as I laid there kept telling myself "don't forget this in the morning"..."use this color palette"....."remember this plan". Finally I just had to get up and sketch the idea, write it all down and get it out of my head.
One of the things I noticed about not having access to a computer and the ability to peruse everyone else's wonderful art is that I started to feel more confident about my own. I started having ideas and sparks that I feel like are just mine. It took a few days of NOT thinking about art to have the art come bubbling to the top and my little sketchbook (my new moleskine that I wasn't sure I'd like) has numerous beginnings, baby ideas, and 'what ifs'.
Once home I wanted to try out my idea in my journal and see what I liked or didn't before moving to the big canvas. Here's my trial pages.....
As a reminder, here's the big canvas when last I showed it - I'd covered up much of the riot of color and added this bold stencil - which I like but wasn't feeling connected to.
So I painted the whole thing gray - shades of black, white, gray but with hints of the former layers and colors still peeking through.....don't know how much, if any, will be there at the end, but that's the joy, right? And I'm thinking a vertical orientation instead of my typical landscape.....
This weekend I MUST focus on making some mail art....I have so many beautiful cards that I've received and want to respond to. BUT, I also am feeling the pull to work on this baby. Will let you know how it goes.
[ed to add] I'm adding this to Artists in Blogland - a great resource to see what other folks are up to artistically. I often forget this great weekly resource....just link up one of your posts showing what you've been up to in the last week so people can find you -