October 30, 2011 § 2 Comments
Dark and foreboding out today but I piled on the layers and walked out with determination to find a talisman for my participation in NaNoWriMo – word count graph beginning a little more than 30 hours from now, West Coast time.
Writing Book III of a fantasy trilogy…which is really Part 3 of one book…which is still in very rough drafts from two previous NaNo’s. I like the main characters a lot and this mysterious bowl with magical powers that keeps getting passed around – and forgotten by Yours Truly – as I allow myself to be lured into writing more adventures which have little relevance to the story…which is…???
But this year I come to the NaNo table armed with a plot and – wait! There. In the granite bulkhead. A glimmer of sapphire!
And if I was skeptical at all, some sea glass to further pound into my brain the cosmic nature of this. Those few who’ve read some back pages know how amazing this is for me to have found, not only a bowl on the beach, but a blue one (who cares if it’s plastic). Both glass and bowl adorn my writing area waiting for that NaNo second of morning, 00:00:01 November 1st, to begin again.
October 26, 2011 § 2 Comments
Monday I shared the photo of this painting covered with black ink on areas in the foreground…Now you see the piece is washed off under running water. The gouache (“gwosh”) which is water soluble when dry, dissolves – leaving a stain of its colors in reverse order of how they were applied – and pushes the ink (waterproof once dry) off itself in flecks. I did not apply ink to much of the grassy area because I knew it would stick more than I wanted it to once washed off…and I wanted the lawn to look pristine in contrast to the very earthy, gritty, substantial chair.
Now I can really see what more needs to be done in the way of repainting and touching up before I am satisfied to call this commission – “Lawn Chair with Thoreau Pillow II” – done.
More tomorrow. Thanks for stopping to see!
October 24, 2011 § 4 Comments
Often I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, or what it’s about, or what I want to say about it. I walked today but didn’t take my camera. My mind and heart still heavy with a Big Bank mistake that wasn’t mine – from weeks ago. All being worked out now but I yelled at people over the phone unable to contain myself. Such a terrible feeling. Like why do I feel I have to know everything, to use the correct language to be understood that moment, to have things done right, to not feel the old “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” ??
I’m working on a commission where the very technique is all about ‘Just do it and see how it turns out; You can adjust and touch up later.’ I love this process because I don’t have to know everything. It’s always a comfort to know at least this. And I did see grass this green today. Even the two-tones where the sunlight lit up individual blades in contrast to their shadowy neighbors.
For the complete process go to my website pierrmorgan.com and then click on “workshops – gouache & ink resist.” Have a really great day not knowing.