It is very cold and grey today and looks rather like my print February, above. What has happened to Summer?
North Yorkshire Open Studios has passed by in a whir as usual. Thank you to all the visitors who came for the last weekend; it was so interesting to hear your thoughts about my work and to observe you as you listened to mine. Our conversations and contact is really appreciated and treasured.
I spent the week after Open Studios catching up in our newly developing garden as a winding down process. The weekend just gone was lost unfortunately, due to a family emergency. I am now back in the studio as a priority although my work for Frack Free Ryedale frackfreeryedale.org, continues apace and all this is balanced with the garden and family of course.
I have several open submissions that I am interested in and the deadlines for these are looming, so the need to make some new work is urgent. I was in the studio all day yesterday, preparing boards for something a little experimental, more of which later. This morning I had some admin for FFR but in just a short while I shall be heading back out to the studio to continue prepping the boards.
I like the preparation time before any actual painting commences; it seems to me a meditative period, sanding the boards, brushing them free of dust, building up the layers of gesso, more sanding. All of this time allows for freer thoughts about my intentions for the piece to emerge, as they did yesterday and I am feeling really optimistic about this next body of work. I am becoming very interested in the way the layers of thoughts become part of the preparation time, become part of the work; the whole process is a layering of physical and mental exertion that I find completely enthralling and exhausting.
In the week between Open Studios, I took some time off to visit The Tetley and attend a talk about the current exhibition, Painting in Time. http://thetetley.org/painting-in-time/ Three of the artists were present, one via Skype, along with three "interviewers". The talk was interesting and inspiring; I relished listening to a conversation about art, its process and thinking behind it. The whole thing was inspiring and I am hoping to be able to attend more in the future. I wrote notes during the talk as I knew I'd forget what was said if I didn't and I will blog more fully about the talk in my An blog: A Portrait of an Artist as a Very Late Starter, as soon as I have time.
Right, off to the studio, more anon. Thank you for reading this, please feel free to place comments below, I will always respond.
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