I’ve learned to enjoy watercolors. I’ve come to love how I simply paint an idea, and the water does most of the work. The fluidity, the soft colors, the interesting sights are all things watercolors have shown me. But I also deeply miss the connection between pure paint, color, lines, shapes, and texture that abstract painting let me play with. Watercolors tend to stick to the rules, which is fine if that’s what you need. But my mind is jumpy, and doesn’t always stick to the rules, so I miss my home. I miss my abstracts. And saying I’m excited to go back home, is quite the understatement.
The last two days have been filled with preparations. So far I’ve been mostly making masonite panels on wood structures, and then priming them. I’ll admit it’s quite liberating to get out the old miter saw, plug it in, and go crazy. And by go crazy I mean cutting out 90 degree angles from two 2x4’s to glue to the back of the frames, so they become more sturdy structures to attach the masonite too. After spending the summer away from making my own materials- since when making watercolors there’s not many things you have to deal with. It was quite interesting to go back (and I’ll admit my skills were a little rusty to say the least.)
Squares, squares, squares, let me tell you that’s all that’s been on my mind. I’ve made countless square structures to paint on, but this time I’m doing something different than all of my other abstract series. This time I’m going small (in size, hopefully the ideas are quite large). This whole series is based on an idea I had to let the spectator be the creative one. You see some of the squares will be part of a series where I could paint similar ideas on all of them, and some of them will be perfect little paintings on their own. The spectator could mix and match, or do whatever they like. So now it’s not just the artist being the imaginative one.
I think I’ve expressed pretty clearly how excited I am to go back to abstracts, but I don’t think any combination of 26 letters could show how much I’m looking forward to painting with blues. I've ordered so much Blue Cobalt, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue,Cerulean Blue Chromium Phthalo Green Blue, Cobalt Turquoise,Indigo, Permanent Green and Cobalt Green. All those beautiful beautiful Blues will soon be at my dispense.
Now with everything all prepared this leaves one question: What am I going to paint?
Blue Squares of course!