Entry #13

A large tree. Grounded. Protective. Wooden.

in process on a 24" x 48" piece

in the background maps used by avid hikers on many trips to Algonquin Park, looking at exactly such trees. Majestic. Strong. Beautiful. Yet also fragile. Boats made from wood. Part of our Canadian History. Branches entwined like the arteries of river sand lakes, hiking paths, the nerves in our bodies. 

24x48-tree-boat

Entry #12

Ever wonder what the artist wears on her feet? Old shoes that have seen the creation of all works for the past 6 years. Slipping these on is like stepping into creation. Welcoming me to the studio.

Studio-shoes-studio-floor
A piece that I have grown particularly fond of in the past days:

24x48-blue
24" x 48"

24x48-blue-detail
A detail.

This is how new ideas start:
Fern-sketch
An idea for another boat piece. One that also features maps of Algonquin Park. After working the sketch in charcoal, I now start using different methods of painting them before. Many, many times. Enough times in fact until they become symbolic and are not longer trying to be just fern. 

While I work them over and over again, it becomes clear to me in what way they are symbolic. What attracted me to the fern was the way they unfurl, how they are so tightly rolled up and tender when young, then unfurl and spread out. Take up space. 

Tentative thoughts these are, to be shaped as I work.

Entry #11

24" x 36" is a great size. It fits into many spaces. It is not a small piece, yet it is also not a large piece. This one came together with flow. The boat at the bottom floating gently in the water. 

24x36boat

A detail: 
French knots embroidered. Random stitching. Holding together layers, finding meaning with what has been and what is. Connecting. Mending. Assembling. Layering. Past. Present. Now.

It will become encased in resin. Unchangeable. Fixed. Past.

24x36boat-detail

Entry #9

Completion (the other way)

Looking at the panel
Seeing 
the details
needed
immediately

the work talking
telling
forcing me

showing me 
the right 
things 

Excited

Dots and brush strokes

Ideas flowing
Hours flying by

sitting down
to rest
but 
too excited 
to sit still
moving
working in a flurry

it comes together
with 
ease
happiness
joy
confirmation 
excitement

a signature put
at the bottom

finished
11x14-boat2
11" x 14"
11x14-boat3
11" x 14"

Entry #8

The details of completion.

it might
seem 
easy

but

it is 
at times

not. at. all. that.

I sit and stare
I stand and stare
I turn away and stare inward
I look at some gone before
I still find not the magic 
I do not look
I sit and knit
I talk on the phone
I stare out the window
I pick paint drops off the plastic on the table
I eat my lunch at 10 am
I make another coffee
I look at books
I nap
I feel bad
I question
I stand and stare
I sit and stare
I watch the clock pass time
I worry that it will never come
I question

then

it hits me 
and 
the piece 
talks
in my language
telling me what I need to hear

I pick up the right brush
I know which colour to use
I feel it
I do it
I look at it

Completion
24x24-boat2

Drip-detail

Boat-10x39

I leave when I must and I feel that yes! it. is. possible. I. can. do. it.

Entry #6

After a wonderful visit by my friend Samantha, and much discussion about all things related to painting, inspiration, creating and a little tiny bit about motherhood. I stepped out for lunch and returned invigorated. 

This is what happened next:

Dots

It happened on this piece:

Boat-dots

A new element. This will likely appear in some of my abstract pieces as well. Klimtesque? Of course, but then again, being a symbolist painter, it is in my soul, as much as it was in his. 

Remember this one from a couple of posts ago:
24x24inprogress-boat-a 

Then this:
24x24inprogress-boat 

It has now become this:
24x24inprogress-boat-c 

Off we go to another day of creating.

Entry #5

We have a severe cold alert for the 5th day in a row. I'm lucky, it doesn't bother me. It happens every winter, and my multitude of studio knitted scarves keep me warm. Besides, it is "absolutle" beautiful.

Here the studio window:

Frosty-studio-window

a sharper version:

Frosty-studio-win

A look at the wall of finished paintings:

Finished-pcs-wall

This is work from the past 6 months. 

Entry #4

Details have been added to some of the boats. This is the stage where things slow down. A lot. Each piece of work is studied, reflected upon, pondered about. 

11x14-boat
11" x 14" Boat. Needs signature and resin coating. Title.

24x24-boat
24" x 24" piece. I added the dots just before leaving the studio. It will receive more attention tomorrow when I'm back at the studio. There are faint "pirate map" paths on the background. An element I like immensely.

Below, a sample of how the piece looks before painting the details.

24x24inprogress-boat-a
24" x 24" boat piece. 
24x24inprogress-boat
Added swimmers and under-painting of plants. 

Tomorrow I will finish this piece if it is ready for finishing. I let each tell me when it feels that it is finished.