Today in the studio
Sometimes starting to paint on these dark, wet days is the hardest part of the work. However, once at it, time usually disappears. So this is my studio wall today. The two warm coloured pieces are tablecloths, literally. They are canvases that I cut to size and placed on tables when I had friends over to eat and enjoy some wine, Together we spilled, drew, splashed and in general created a ground from which I could work. The intent of the finished pieces is to celebrate the value of friendship and family. And this is only the beginning.
Far from finished, this small tablecloth is entitled: "QUIET CONVERSATION".
It was on this piece that I spent most of my time today, "TABLECLOTH: LAUGHTER". I've enjoyed lightening the whole and using strokes that "vibrate" with the intent of conveying the fun and laughter that were so much a part of that evening. Some of the drawings and glass imprints made at the dinner will remain as parts of the finished piece as, I think, will the hand tracing. So this is a collaborative piece, a shared canvas. However, the most important sharing is that of the support and friendship that I so value and that motivate this body of work.
12/10/2019 05:31:45 pm
What a wonderful idea and sure to be two spectacular and very special artworks. Happiest of Holidays.
12/11/2019 12:47:48 am
Absolutely beautiful, Barbara, I love both of them!
12/11/2019 08:23:21 am
Your work is always touching and evocative and these rank amongst the highest of your accomplishments. Well done Barb!
11/26/2022 06:11:12 am
Great readingg your blog post
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Barbara McLean, abstract painter, gardener, dog-lover and foody.