Thursday, April 18, 2013

Still Trying to Get By...Snapshots from the Studio

"Traverse," acrylic on canvas. 24 X 30 inches

Well, I thought that I might be able to pull this blog up out of the dust, but life is just too crazy.  Perhaps I will just put tiny thoughts down and post a few images for now.  I am not taking 'professional' photos of the work yet. These are just iPhone snap shots of the paintings on easels in the studio space.

On the right, is one of my recent paintings.  I completed this about a week ago and it is no longer on the easel in my studio as pictured here in this quick snapshot on my iPhone.  It is sitting on the hearth of my fireplace along with a basket holding a blanket.

Here are a few more snapshots of some recent work.  The first one is an older painting that I took back into the studio for a few changes.  Sorry....the pic isn't centered, but hey, it's the best I got for ya now!

"Finding Answers" - Acrylic on canvas. 3 x 5 ft.
This second one is another recently completed painting.
Mood Disorder, Acrylic on canvas 3 feet by 5 feet.

I've have two paintings in progress in the studio.  I just took this quick snapshot of them sitting side by side.

The long, tall canvas is just in the beginning stages. I like to put a background of color down to start.  I just let myself paint and try not to over think the choices.  I know that most of it will be covered up in the end.

The large, square painting has three layers of paint at this point.  I started with straight-out-of-the-tube color in a block style,

Then painted a wash over and added a few opaque areas of white.

Yesterday, I covered the surface with gesso and created a mottled surface with plastic bags.

Here are a few more detailed snapshots of the surface texture.

I will be putting some sort of wash over this surface soon and add some imagery.  Still pondering on this one.

So that is it for now.  My personal life is spinning all around currently, so you will have to excuse my lack of consistency and not-so-great photos.  It's all I can do right now.  I'm okay with that. Hope you are too!

Favorite quote this week:  In dreams and in love, there are no impossibilities.



Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow- these are amazing! finding answers holds my heart- i love it. you are so talented. i have been thinking of you and hoping for the best for you. much love to you and your family.

NanaDiana said...

I think we post as our life allows, Lesley. It looks like right now your outlet is your artwork. You have some very interesting pieces there- xo Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice to see your work, Lesley. I think the second one with the drips is my fave.

Twice Nice said...

Your art is amazing! Some day I think I would love to learn to work on a canvas. Might be easier on my joints too! Blogs can wait while you take care of your priorities. Hugs!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Great quote, Lesley. I love the texture you created with plastic bags. I can't wait to see that one finished.

Rebecca said...

I love the first 3!! I'm from Hawaii, so anything ocean/sky is just awesome to me. Party at my place if you feel like sharing!

Rebecca said...

I love the first 3!! I'm from Hawaii, so anything ocean/sky is just awesome to me. Party at my place if you feel like sharing!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The way I see it, the blog is your baby and you can post or not post as you see fit! Your paintings are full of life and a great way to express what you're feeling. We're all rooting for you. :)

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

Hey stranger! Hope you are well. Love to see that you're painting and creating. You are so talented!

Karen Isaacson said...

you're doing some gorgeous work, stop apologizing for your photos! Sharing and community are good for the soul and perfectionism is not. I'm so happy to see iPhone photos and "tiny thoughts." Show us more as the spirit moves and don't add unnecessary stress to your life. (and keep painting! these are amazing!)