Sunday, August 21, 2011

More from Hambidge

I've now gotten thirteen things underway in paint--six of those I'm calling done. I have quite a bit more work to do on the other seven, though. When I woke up this morning two of them were absolutely awful--in the bad way of thinking of awe, not as in awesome. But as I've worked on them more throughout the day they're not offending me quite as much as this morning.

I'm not going to show them yet... let them go through several more stages before posting.

But... a few photos of other things. Here are my painting tools that I described earlier:

Some "heavenly light" as my friend Diane calls this effect:

A bit of the tapestry that's underway is at the left side, foreground of this photo. I used the timer to do the photo--10 seconds is just enough time to turn it on and run to the other side of the room to stage a photo of working on one of the big pieces. It's really how I do this initial roughly painted layer, though. I mix up a large amount of paint and then use either the 2" house paint brush or the paint roller or both to quickly fill the white space.

I have drawing tools with me, also. But I haven't begun drawing yet.

And here's Fisher Studio where my residency is taking place:

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  1. Tommye, this is fascinating me! Can you get paint on the walls and floor there? What kind of paint is this?

  2. Hi Kathy,
    They ask us not to get paint on the walls or floor so I've stapled up plastic sheeting from the hardware over the walls, and I've put down drop cloths on the floor. They don't mind push pins, nails or staples into the walls, though. This particular studio was built as a painting studio and so the whole north wall is windows. There are track lights, as well... most of the time in the day, however, I don't even have the lights on!

    The paint I'm using is acrylic, student grade paint. I'm painting mostly on gessoed canvas from a roll I bought a couple of years ago, about 25 or so yards I guess. It's around 60" wide.

    Kathy, it really is liberating to not have to worry (too much) about spreading things out and spashing paint around. I can also step back 20 or so feet to see what I'm doing. It's really a dream come true to be able to have the space and time to work this way... now, whether anything that will be tapestry weave-able will result is another matter! Just getting the painting itch out of my system is a grand thing.