Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Muse is Hanging Around

There is a lot going on in my studio lately for a number of reasons. Number one being that with winter heating bills I am short of cash to go running around anywhere and being passive solar the studio is also the warmest room in my house.

Two is that I am working on paintings to fit into the Moreno Valley Arts Council themed show Illusions which is just tailor made for my visionary school art style. While I had several pieces that fit the requirement of the theme and painted in the last two years I could have entered I like the challenge of painting to a theme to which I added the challenge of painting to stretched canvases I already had on hand. Back to the budget issue mentioned in paragraph one.

I have finished three new pieces with help of my muse and am dealing with a knotty issue on a fourth which I think in a stroke of genius in the predawn hour of waking I may have solved. We shall see later when the sun is up and the studio warm and I return to my theatre of operations.

I have decided to start stretching my own canvases (see previous discussion of budget issues). I did that before but not with already treated canvas. Any tips out there? I did one and thought it might work easier to dampen the back with misted water resulting in a tighter canvas when dry. Anyone try that?


  1. Can't help I'm afraid..I can only admire from a distance and at this moment I'm looking at "Silent Night" and thinking how much I love the colours in this piece.
    The warmth of your paintings hanging on any wall would go a long way to eliminating the heating problems I should think.

  2. I love the photo of your studio.. it looks so colourful, welcoming and creative... I cant imagine what it must be like living surrounding by such uplifting artwork... I envy your gift of just being able to imagine a painting and then painting it.

    Cant wait to see the final muse for the exhibition.

  3. Hey, Jacqui! I fell in love with your paintings, and truly enjoy your blogs. So, here I am, and I have you to thank.


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