13 on 7
Last night I painted all evening. I had several small canvas boards; mostly 10 X 8″ or smaller. I think there were 5 of them and I worked on all of them simultaneously. I think that’s painting for the impatient. Painting for one who really needs to buy another extension cord to get the heat gun closer to the art table as this natural drying time is far too slow. (Yes Andrew, you heard me – acrylics can be too slow to dry!).
This particular mixed media piece brought forth some old friends. The Dover Pictorial Archive resource full of images of hands has been a favourite for a long time. Tissue paper from discarded dressmaking patterns is another. Of course this is only 1980s dressmaking tissue. I wouldn’t countenance the destruction of truly vintage patterns.
I argued with this particular piece most of the evening. Finally it defeated me and I went to bed with it unfinished. There was a space above the bird’s nest which continued to feel empty and bothersome. Then – after a Licorice pummelling to wake me up – I finally found the words, the 13 and the final piece of dressmaking tissue paper to finish the piece.
I guess good things come to those who wait.