I have been gradually getting back into the studio for a short time each day. Although today I have waited just a bit too long and will not be able to get started before I have to leave at 1:30 for an appointment. Darn. Anyway it turns out that I can still paint. Good thing because things keep coming up; galleries need new work, a commission, etc. I am glad to be getting back to it, however, I also have to get things together for the residency, which is fast approaching. I just plunked down a big chunk of money for some supplies to take along. I needed some good drawing paper, more charcoal, woodless graphite pencils, 9B, which are one of my very favorite things to draw with, and sanguine conte crayons, which are #2. Getting ready for hours of figure drawing sessions!
I have also been trying to decide what kind of supports to take with me. Normally I paint on birch panels and I plan to take a variety of different sized panels along. However, they are pricey and god only knows what kind of crap work I may end up doing there so having some different options seems wise. I have some hardbord panels and in the past I have used primed paper, mounted on board and that was fine for studies. So I bought several pads of that (um, no time to be priming paper, in addition to the birch panels as well). I will have a variety of surfaces with me, plus there is an art supply store there as well, and I am feeling pretty good about my options. I had considered taking along a roll of primed canvas or linen in case I want to work on a larger scale, but I quickly became confused by all of the options so that bright idea is on hold. I don't like working on stretched canvas and I probably wouldn't want to stretch it later either. It would have to be mounted on board, which I haven't done in many years. Plus rolling up the painting to take it home seems wrong even though I know it is done all of the time. Any feedback on any of that?
Also, I stocked up on some new paint, which is always fun and bought a few new brushes while I was at it. I have finally found my favorite sable brushes-Old Holland makes a great kolinsky sable, wonderfully soft and they lose very few hairs. Expensive, but they last much longer than the others I have tried and not having to pick brush hairs out of the painting all of the time is worth it.
For some reason blogger will not download any of my jpegs. The little spinning thing freezes on the upload images page and then nothing happens. Is this me or the computer or is it blogger? I suppose it's mine......