The wasps nest has survived a freak wind storm and monsoon like rains. I’ve watched as they work on it constantly making paper and increasing the size of the nest. I’ve also noticed that the bottom is changing shape and the opening is now on the lower side.
I’ve started painting with oils again. I love all types of paint but nothing smells as beautiful as oil paint. I bought a 24×24 inch canvas with the intention of translating some of my Long Series of 12×12 inch paintings into a larger format.
There are many of my Long Series paintings that I want to use as inspiration for larger paintings.
I’m not interested in an exact copy of the paintings, but rather I want to use them as starting points for new work.
I started by cutting a piece of brown paper to use as a stencil.
I poured gesso into the opening of the stencil.
I poured and let the gesso flow until the stencil was covered. When I removed the stencil I had this circular puddle of gesso.
I placed a wooden form in the centre of the puddle and let it sit for the day. Yes that is a wooden cheese box, and the cheese was fantastic.
When I removed the cheese box there was a circle cut in the middle of the gesso. I let the gesso dry overnight, and the next day I found I had a problem that I’ll talk about in a later post..