Now that all my commissions (so far) are out of the way, I’m heading back to the Sky Pads project. This upcoming painting falls into the “sorta large” category, 50″ x 32″, and will be number 14.
Right now it looks a bit more like roses than lily pads, but I won’t let that get in my way! I used paint thinner instead of turpentine to thin the wash this time around. I didn’t use it in any of the previous 13 paintings and had forgotten what nice textures it creates when it lets the pigment float on top and separate as it dries rather than sit on the canvas in a smooth flow like turpentine does. By chance I discovered a can of paint thinner in my supply drawer as I was poking around, took the hint and let fly.
It’s been a long time–almost a month–since I posted this disguised version of a secret commission. It’s been completed and delivered, but so far I haven’t been advised that it was presented to its intended recipient. Will post the real thing as soon as I know.
Gallery show news–
I applied to four juried shows so far this year, got the “buzzer” rejection on one of them and the “ding-dong” acceptance on two. Still waiting on one more.
Waiting on “Heartland–Images of Small Towns and Rural Midwest” at the Tall Grass Arts Center in Chicago Heights, IL. I entered three paintings, but galleries seldom jury in all of the entries by one artist. Won’t have a verdict on this show until mid-March.