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Maybe pictures of wet joint compound on a piece of wood aren’t all that interesting, but I think they are. I treat every step in my process as a finished piece of work in and of itself, and that includes the part where I slather goop, especially if I can take a nice picture of it. Here are two nice pictures. These panels are now dry and ready to be drawn upon, which is usually the next step.

I’ll put down some lines until I feel I’ve achieved a finished composition, and then move on to the next step.

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If you believe in something, never give up on it. That thing may never come to fruition, but you’ll know you did everything you could do. Sometimes, that will have to be enough.

Mischief (Mostly) Managed

Finally got those panels. Cut down and cradles cut as well. Four 2′ x 3′, two 2′ x 2′, and one 5′ x 3′. Now it’s down to fastening them together. I have the nails to do the small and medium ones tonight. Need to get galvanized screws for the large panel, since there’s a LOT of warp that goes on concerning a panel that large (not to mention that it’s pretty heavy)!

So by tomorrow I can be layering on some joint compound and starting anew.


Yeah, it’s not just like going to the store to buy a pre-stretched canvas. Maybe I should take up watercolor?

Upon Occasion

One must ask oneself, why make art? Nature does it so much better. Many artists are just chasing Nature with hands outstretched, beseeching. (Other artists do something entirely different.)
No answers here, except to note that each new piece of art is just that, something new.



turn the crank

got panels today, and furring with which to cradle them. Plus joint-compound. I don’t know if I have nails to fasten the panels to the furring, in which case I will need to get some. wasn’t able to assemble those panels, probably obviously, as something else took priority today. Will maybe run the chop-saw Friday morning around 9AM.