I cleaned my study (although probably not as thoroughly as I should have done) which took all morning, save the few moments it took for me to amend OBSTRUCTION IN A LANDSCAPE. I was never happy how I had laid out the interacting symbols in the aforementioned obstruction. I went out after dinner and it was quite late in the afternoon again before I settled down in front of the computers to work.
I added symbols and images to both THOUGHTS IN A LANDSCAPE and MEMORIES IN A LANDSCAPE. The former does not need any additional work so I consider it finished.
I visited my father in the morning and was out with my wife in the afternoon, practically no art was done although I worked on the computers in the evening.
I started and ended the art part of the day by cutting, preparing and priming six 16×24 inch hardboard panels. I really should use MDF but I like the feel of hardboard.
I then filled in the images in MEMORIES IN A LANDSCAPE which completed the work; the last of the eight A4 paintings.
I meant to use three 10×8 inch canvas boards I had purchased some time ago for a different style of landscape painting: without my usual preliminary lines and with a more spontaneous approach to the application of paint. However on the spur of the moment I decided to see if I could produce more serious and developmental works on such a small scale. I defined the main structures in pencil and the three works are entitled THEME AND DEVELOPMENT WRAPPED ROUND A LANDSCAPE, DEVELOPMENT FROM THE BULLET HITTING A BALL and INTERRUPTED DEVELOPMENT. The ideas for the pictures came into my head instantly; which is usually the case for my visual art but not necessarily for my writing.
I went over the pencil lines with paint on the three small “Meditative Process Art” paintings (THEME AND DEVELOPMENT WRAPPED ROUND A LANDSCAPE, DEVELOPMENT FROM THE BULLET HITTING A BALL and INTERRUPTED DEVELOPMENT) and then put some preliminary marks on two of the six panels I primed on Wednesday. I used the edge of a pastel to make free flowing strands and then very crudely followed the edge of each strand with thin acrylic paint. This was a deliberate anti-art statement – I wish I knew why I have a tendency to do things like this as I will probably regret it later!
I was out with my wife during the middle of the day. Before we went I did a bit of gardening and also went over the cadmium green pastel lines with acrylic medium on the two panels started yesterday – I remembered later that the two might not be compatible. The generic title for these and other works is SCRAMBLED STRANDS. I came home about mid afternoon and worked on the computers for the remainder of the day but I don’t think I got a huge amount of work done – I might be wrong.
I added more strands using pencil to one of the SCRAMBLED STRANDS works before going out with a friend. When I got back I worked on the computers and pottered around. So ends another working week.