If you have ever taken a class of workshop with me, you know sometimes I refer to the not so successful paintings as “dog biscuits.” You also know I usually give the advice to sit with your work for a bit to make informed layout choices and not to rush things. I was in a mood to just get in the studio and paint. And as you will see, it means I make lots, and lots, of edits and changes to the work. I am a full believer in process of planning work out makes the studio a much more productive place.
I didn’t do that here. And I struggled with the work.
This piece has been sitting in the studio since last summer. I really loved the background eco-dyed paper I made and mounted to the background. But it was very dark and the more I added it just wasn’t speaking to me.
This very well may be a rushed dog biscuit. I will sit with this piece for a bit to see how I really feel about it. As you will see in this video, there are a number of evolutions here.
But you still get to see my process, and there is value it that.
I have to admit trying to reconcile this work while also trying to film just got me out of the right headspace to work and became a distraction. There are some steps that I did not film. Admittedly, I was getting frustrated with the progress on this piece and did not need the camera distraction in the mix. I also stopped working on this one to jump to something else as I needed break. I added another flipped version of the photo and added more encaustic and some oil. I’m still not totally happy with the end result, I need to just let this piece hang out for a bit in the studio and see I feel differently in a few weeks.
Moral of the story… not all work is successful, and that is ok and all part of the process, just keep on making work, and keep a sketchbook, it is helpful.