Friday, January 18, 2013

Life is what happens.....

I confess that I have been at the easel more than I have been at the loom this week. And I have also, much to my chagrin, been at the computer, as I am now. 

As you may have seen in the previous post, I've been working on my Etsy shop so it can include tapestries. I have also been writing to my senator and congressman, and keeping up with some distress in the news, which (for me, anyway) supersedes a bit of distress that is also currently in the tapestry world.

One of my goals for this year was to do at least one painting each month. There is an exhibit at the local art center for which I'd like to have a new piece, and it is due at the end of January. So I have been working on the above painting, which will probably be titled "The Gothic." It is of one of the cathedrals we went to in Paris. For some reason, my desire for 'glowing light' I guess, I decided to try a totally new-to-me technique with this painting. I have been using only transparent paints, and have been painting in thin glazes. This means that I have been basically repainting the whole thing every day this week. I do like the effect of the glazes, but can't help feeling that painting it in my usual opaque way would have been more time efficient. (By the way, the excellent little fox drawing at the top of my easel was done by one of my grandsons.)

It is a good day to weave. The temperature outside is currently 18 degrees. It doesn't look like it will get above freezing in the foreseeable future, and it dips below zero every night. The studio is one of the warmest rooms in my old house. I am thankful for it's warmth, and for anything that warms body and soul (as you can see by the photos I've been taking lately.)

My house is a mess. That confessed, I am going to leave the computer,  let today's glazes dry on the painting, and get myself to the loom!

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