I’ve been working away on my water series of oil paintings since I got home, in between a couple of work trips and some other obligations. I’m still feeling incredibly excited about this series as a whole, and it’s been such fun to just play in swirly paint. If I mess up a bit, I can go back in and fix it, unlike either watercolor or carving. There’s a freedom and also a sense of immersion in diving into a big canvas covered with wet paint. I love the days where I can spend one whole day laying out and diving into a canvas. I save fixing the smaller bits for days when my time is more broken up, but my favoarite are one long day for one big painting, where I get it mostly covered.
That said, this one took longer than most. I got all the stones in and then let it dry overnight before coming back to do the water patterns on top. It’s taken several long days, but I think it’s just about done. You can see the incremental progress below.