If an artist palette is any looking glass into an artist’s mind, it would be clear that I’ve got a lot rattling around up there and no where to put it. Granted, my working process is not as orderly and sensible as I would like it to be, but really this is the worst I’ve seen in a while - but now that I look at it, this palette is a microcosm of my surroundings, half my house is packed up in boxes, and my small creature comforts are slowly being packed away. Now that I’ve finished these pieces, my drafting table and art supplies can be packed away too - putting the final nail in the coffin for moving out of this place. My roommate and I found a lovely new place that I’m really excited to move into, a post-art school, having-nice-things, not-owned-by-a-drunk-slumlord apartment, and I’m excited to change up the surroundings on a blank slate. I’d just like to fast forward 2 weeks and have it be over with already.
I couldn’t be happier with how these pieces turned out. Somehow, finding the right material to work on really set me off (in this case, maple) and having the additional drive of having a place to show these put a fire under my ass to start painting again. Expect to see more pieces on wood, it’s easy to pencil on, it’s absorbent, and the ghostly way the paint overlays that beautiful woodgrain is really killing me. I think it’s high time to dust off my skillz and put them to good use. I’ll post more photos soon, but in the meantime they will be on view until May 10th here.
(Bonus round: tiny-self portrait in palette photo.)