It is Friday in The Studio with Patchwork Chicken Studio!
This week will feature something brand new (not even listed on https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/ yet!), and it comes with a little story…
Wednesday night, I was prepping canvases for my morning routine of painting despite paintings rapidly taking over my apartment. I was going to give a base coat of white to several of the canvases. At the last minute, I decided to go with an indigo color instead.
While applying the color to the first canvas, two thoughts occurred, “It looks so streaky, it is going to need a second coat” and “It looks like denim and would look amazing with an array of pinks”.
The second thought gave way to the thought, “That is SO Susabelle!” Susabelle is one of my closest friends, a fellow writer, and the founder of Patchwork Chicken Studio.
I ended up painting three canvases with the base effect of denim because the effect has potential.
Yesterday morning, I created a lovely pink abstract flower upon one of the denim canvases. One of the two other denim canvases had an unfortunate mishap with the array of paint tubes covering 85% of the main work desk in my studio and will be repurposed/reused with a different, much darker, base color.
Susabelle is away, visiting her hometown, and has been gone barely a week. Even so, it would seem that I miss my friend. While I did not realize this consciously until after I completed the painting, the art knew.
Art always knows.
This week’s art piece is Ocean Sun. I really enjoy creating little pieces of abstract art as part of my morning wake up routine. Ocean Sun is one of last week’s pieces.
It is a 5″ square canvas panel with soft body acrylic paint. This piece involves different application techniques using palette knives and four different colors of paint.
Morning Mist was created using four different acrylic ink application techniques on a 12 inch x 4 inch x 2 inch stretched canvas. The acrylic ink is a grey with a slight brownish undertone which reminds me greatly of the coloration of the morning fog I get around my home. I live not too far from a river so fog is a rather common occurrence. The different techniques further enhanced my perception of the ink as fog starting to break apart on a wintery morning. While the painting did not start out as I had originally envisioned, I find great beauty in its delicate simplicity.
This week’s art piece is When Ink Bleeds. It is a 4 inch by 12 inch rectangular stretched canvas with acrylic inks and the edges were done in soft body acrylic paint. This piece was an experiment with four different acrylic ink application techniques.
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When I reflected on what I wanted to accomplish in 2019 and how I would go about it, I thought I had left the end result fairly flexible to allow for bad health days (I have chronic ailments). Just days into January, I learned that it isn’t quite flexible enough but there is progress made in the end. Due to health things, January – thus far – hasn’t been as artistically fulfilling as I would have liked especially with matters not pertaining to poetry.
Currently, I have a baby quilt and two bead mosaics in progress. The baby quilt is on a significant deadline – my cousin is due in March. I am reasonably optimistic to have it completed and mailed to my cousin by the 18th so I can focus on other projects. I intend to have four bead mosaics done and the finishing work accomplished on several little paintings by the end of the month.
I really like the projects in progress. The baby quilt is in a color palette I normally shy away from but it is turning out to be really beautiful. I hope my cousin likes it. One of the mosaics, Maritime Eternity, was a random idea I had one day and I got to try out a new technique of staining with alcohol inks to give new visual appeal to some of the elements. The staining was an immense success – it has really brought the project to another unexpected level. Maritime Eternity is quickly becoming one of my favorite mosaics. The success of the staining has also made me want to try it out on items for future projects.
Altars & Avatars is on track to be published on February 12th. Currently waiting on its front cover so I can put together its advertising. My friend, who did the art for Mourning & Melancholia, has also done the art for Altars & Avatars. The art, based on my very basic idea, looks really amazing so I am excited to get the finished front cover from her soon.
I think that is it for this update. I have nine poems that need to be typed up and a quilt that is most eager for my attention yet I am, presently, ignoring all of them to write this post.
Wishing all much creativity and artistry.
This week’s art piece is Ichor. It is a 20 inch square stretched canvas with acrylic inks and a small amount of soft body acrylic paint. This piece was my first time painting with acrylic inks. For a long time, I was convinced it unfinished and could not figure out why which was rather tormenting. Surprisingly, a minor incident with black soft body acrylic paint, a few months later, led to Ichor finally finding completion.