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After a brief hiatus

Back at it down in the cold, chilly studio. Intended to simply add a few lines to a couple of paintings so at least I would have done something on the day. Ended up staying quite a while, even if only using pencil and brown paint. Again fairly happy with the results. One piece feels done already, even though I want to push it further. Here it is, along with a detail image.

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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?