I had a couple of free days this week in which to work in my studio. As you see, I have a little TV there to keep me company. That is Kati Marton on the screen (wife of Richard Holbrooke, ex-wife of Peter Jennings) being interviewed by Charlie Rose. Her latest book, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America, on the harrowing lives of her parents in Hungary during the second world war sounds like a good read.
On one of my work tables, you see a few paints gathered for current works in progress. I work with acrylics and usually have quite a mess to clean up after each session. I am self-taught, so I imagine even my work style does not conform to professional standards. But it is my way, and it will have to do.
Below is a work in progress on a wood base designed to receive paint. These wood pieces require no framing. Since taking this photograph, the painting has evolved considerably. Looking at it now, I wonder if I should have left it as it was. One of my challenges is knowing when to stop. I have ruined many a good piece, by thinking "oh, I'll just add a little....".
Below are a few empty canvases and frames waiting for my attention.
Below are a few more pieces in progress. I have them propped up where I can look at them - hoping the muse will tell me what they may still need. The muse speaks in the softest of whispers - and I often miss them. I know, I know - turn off the TV!! Often, I do.
Below is another work on wood. It, too, has changed considerably from when I took this shot. I will post the end results for you to see soon. I love to do abstracts and am a fool for textures. I also tend to prefer things that are quite monochromatic, whereas my husband who loves contrast walks by and says, "more colour, more colour!" He is a trained artist, having attended the famous Ecole de Beaux Arts here in Montreal - so I feel a certain inner pressure to listen to his suggestions. However, I think the work usually turns out better when I follow my own impulses. It is wonderful, though, to have him to consult at any time.
It is my intention to give some of these paintings as gifts to friends and family. I much prefer to do this than spend my day in a mall looking for just the right manufactured gift. This way, even if the painting is does not enthrall, they know it comes from my heart and was created by my hand.