Saturday, January 2, 2010

First studio session


A new year, a new chance at residency. For the next 4 months I'll be working at Fort Can, painting on a series called Notes to Myself and Others. This large canvas was purchased for $5 from the attic of Ron Slayton, a WPA painter of Montpelier. The bottom portion of red wall paper is original. I am taking it from there. Was happy with the orange blocks making their way up the right. And the Hero card of Howard Dean which popped up today!
Tacked a large piece of paper to one wall to stretch my arms and breath---thinking of Mayako's emaki scroll work from Flickr. Hadn't really opened much paint yet. Didn't bring a bucket to carry the water...tomorrow. There is always tomorrow.
Another pressed board placemat takes on notes and begins to grow. It is all just beginning and exciting to be able to unfold in this this new space. It is warm and toasty there. I had to take off the extra sweater and I didn't even mind too much when the snowmobiles passed by just outside the window. Maybe 12 more inches of snow tomorrow--might have to walk to work.

3 comments:

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

First day in the studio! I like that it is warm in the building ...one needs to be hardy to set to work. The canvas already potential but mainly how super to have time and place stretched before you...grand art making days ahead!

Maggie Neale said...

Thanks Mary Ann, you are so positive in your comments! Odd for me to show the just begun, but good to offer process....I think.

neva gagliano said...

oh, to stretch a breathe in your own space/pace on big paper tacked to the wall....all the best to you and your colormusings, ms. maggie out there in your own little world for a good time ahead!