it's been a strange week. on the holiday monday i worked on two new mod-ish abstracts... one of a 60's vertical pattern and one of what could be seen as stacked stones. deep jewel tones. i really like where they're going.
but i won't get near the paint again until saturday. it's very obnoxious having to wait.
my first issue of Canadian Art magazine came in the mail today. although i'm addicted to all sorts of magazines, the glossy pages of paintings are what i love the dearest. colours and lines and textures and very weird visual input. eye candy overload is a wonderous thing.
a few years ago when i shared an art studio with a painter near dundas & bathurst, i had an open studio afternoon. several friends came over to check out what i'd been working on lately, hang out in a creative space, and chat. it was extremely good for me in many ways. firstly, it forced me to clean up - which is always a good thing. secondly, it's valuable to have other opinions and viewpoints regarding your art practice. you don't have to agree with someone's opinion, but it forces to you look at things from different angles.
but the most important thing was to look at all of the work i'd done for several months in sort of a linear fashion. i tried this, then i did this, which evolved into that. even with my "style", which is sort of liquid and all over the place, there are directions that take off. elements which are repeated, or that i come back around to when i least expect it.
i welcome insights into my work however they come about.