Fresh but Familiar
This is another page in my "messin' around" journal, a large mixed media sketchbook that I'm using as a playground for show prep experimentation. Once I'm reasonably sure about what I'll be painting, I need to work out how I'll be painting. I try to change things up for each show, altering my technique here and there so my work for each collection looks fresh but also familiar. This year, among other things, I'm working on adding more texture to my work. I'm also aiming for a wider value range in each piece. There's still a lot of things up in the air for me so I need to buckle down in the next two weeks (when I'm not teaching or recovering from teaching) and make some firm decisions about process and imagery. Some of this show prep is very deliberate and thought out; a lot, however, is in the realm of serendipity and happenstance. Some things I plan and others I stumble upon. For me, the best shows reflect a nice balance of both.