Hello from Los Angeles where I’ve been in quarantine for the last month due to the Corona virus. It’s been interesting to be here for an extended time. I’ve never had this much uninterrupted time here without visitors, attending gallery openings, museum excursions, shopping, going to the gym and hiking or even going to the local watering hole to rub shoulders with fellow artists. Initially I was stressed, worried about my friends and family and lethargic but I’ve found my rhythm of sorts. I haven’t been in the headspace for painting but am doing a lot of manual labor. Over the past year or so, I’ve dragged various odds and ends home from the dumpster if it looked as if it was good surface for painting- especially wood panels. I’ve amassed quite a collection and now the time has finally presented itself where I can give them the tlc they need. I’ve never painted on a hard surface but was thinking they’d lend themselves well to oil sticks. I used to only use oil sticks for painting until my Prof’s encourage me to step away and use brushes. It has been awhile but I’ve been dragging out my art supplies and still have plenty of oil sticks. The problem I’ve found with oil sticks is that they never seem to dry. I have a painting that is about…fifteen years old and it’s still somewhat wet and tacky. Maybe I can set them out in the strong sunlight as I go along. Other than the panels, I’ve been stretching and gessoing a lot of stretcher bars. It’s a welcome mindless task and I don’t mind the tedious nature of it. Also I’m trying out using latex house paint as a primer. Some of my larger canvases are such gluttons for paint that by the time I’m through, I’ve spent a lot just on the preparation of the piece. I also started drawing on the canvas with the paint. I like its immediacy and not having to be concerned with the image. It takes two coats so I can paint over it if I don’t like what I did or use clear matt medium if I do. What I also look forward to doing is a lot more experimentation with materials. I think sometimes I got too caught up in producing work that fit with my oeuvre that I didn’t give myself as much permission as I maybe should have. So… stay tuned. I’m never bored here and hope you aren’t either. More to come. Emily
Hello and welcome to the first post on my blog. My plan is loose -to post about art projects I’m working on, things I’m thinking about and some of the work I’ve been seeing about town- and plants. You’ll probably see a lot of my succulents.