I’ve been (mostly) keeping up with my posting through my Instragram – see @KathrynJNeale for more updated posts! My own blog and FB have been horribly neglected so now I need to do some catch-up.
These three (especially the first one – Day 16) I was listening to old favorite and powerful tracks from my sister’s country CD – Patti Griffith! They all came out pretty strong and I love it!
This one I took the painter’s tape from Day 9 and started with it almost as a monolith in the left part of the piece. Very quickly the piece took on a more “landscape” feel.
More often then not I surprise myself what comes out. This was an exquisite “perfect” day here in St. Louis with 75 degrees, bright sun and no clouds in site, but I guess I felt dark and moody.
This piece was fun cause I had an idea to start take teal paint and literally “block” it out with painter’s blue tape to preserve this square and paint over it. After a few layers I took it off to reveal the teal paint and then started working around it. Oftentimes, I work in a certain way – if notice the orientation of the piece is that the teal box is upper left, and then when I end or at the very last minute of finishing, I flip it around and it’s more interesting another way (the final is that the teal box is lower/right area of the painting).
I also remember feeling that this one I had an idea of inspiration but literally throughout 98% of the piece I kept thinking “this is crap!” But you have to have faith and this process of trying to get out a piece in 20 minutes really accentuates the faith part. Last decisions of take a tube of bright cadmium red and blotting it like a tool creating those circles at least pulled the piece together enough to feel finished for me.
I’ve been pretty bad about uploading my artwork consistently on my blog. If you want to follow me, @KathrynJNeale on Instagram I’ve been much better at uploading work there on a daily basis. It’s funny too that as I post my artwork, they definitely come in spurts of series work. These (3) sketches naturally are going together because they have similar elements of white background, sketchy pencil, pastel markings and wasabi tape. Feeling more mixed media and painting, drawing, collage, etc.
Totally not following my initial intentions AT ALL. I’ve already gotten little bored and wanting to stretch myself a bit – these are interesting – ESP the last one. Felt very BOLD to just paint on the dark, dark blue-almost-black blob and then go from there. It’s working I think but still kind of feels awkward. I’m always reminded when I now remember doing these paintings in only 20 minutes – that there is such an awkwardness and for sure 90-95% of the way through the painting (which means about 15 minute mark), I’m thinking – “This is crap!” And then I have to just push my analytical mind out to rush to make small changes here, then there, and then timer goes off and it’s ok – it actually looks finished.
This process is SO different from making a real, much larger painting. You have time. You have all the time in the world that you want! And you can just “let it cook” so to speak. And of course I feel that a lot of the time the process of painting feels super awkward and I trust that. But these 20 minute paintings really accentuate that of course because I don’t have time and I am not allowing myself to come back to the painting – which I can do for any of my other stuff.
And this is great to remind myself how this feels for a newbie. The reassurance that you are actually on the right path if you feel awkward is so important. It means you are stretching, you are growing and trying new things.
One part of me is a bit frustrated with myself that I’m just NOT working withing my “series” mentality which I thought I would be. But the other part of me just reminds myself to chill. I realistically haven’t painted in a couple months. Getting back into it and then perhaps later I will make a “series” for myself. Who knows. We have a while here – 95 more days left!