Sunday, February 21, 2010

Risk with Yupo Experiments and an Idea that Sleeps

Finally made it to the studio today to see how this yupo experiment had dried.  Yupo is a plastic, thought it has the appearance of slick paper.  The paint lays on the surface and with more liquid it floats around with tilt and drafts while drying.  I left this one wet and was pleased with how it finished up for me.  I call it Risk.  With yupo I find I must risk...it is not with skill and control that I am working.
These 2 made a happy pairing.  Yupo again, small, maybe 6x6.  And the colors are almost springlike.  Optimistic me!
Yesterday 3 of my favorite woman came for lunch and declared my carrot cake a favorite.  I had been to our local farmer's market in the morning and purchased pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, and sugar spinach grown in a greenhouse....so very crisp and full of flavor.  I made my special sunflower seeds to add to the salad and then picked fresh watercress from the spring area up the hill.  Fresh watercress in February.  Unheard of before this year!  After dining we went to Studio Place Arts to hear a great talk and slide show on Van Gogh and Gaughan....not the usual information.  I always learn things when Bob Manning holds my attention.  Then we went farther south to Chelsea for the Bread and Puppet performance on Dirt Cheap Money at the Town Hall.  What a terrific outing and we didn't even have to leave the state.  We all felt strengthened from our shared time.  

This oil painting feels more finished from the work today.  The photo is not the best of it alas...I'll have to do a do over.  The title tickles me "The Idea that Sleeps Just Under the Surface"  I was pleased with the painting which took place today.  I didn't start anything new but I improved and finished several pieces.
Resolution!

9 comments:

neva gagliano said...

your freeeeeeeee spirit dances across your RISKs taken!
i ordered my first pack of yupo today...went for the non-transluscent. never heard of it. looks to induce playfulness and unattachment!

bravo to local attractions, as well. lovely day and carrot cake.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I see a portrait in the first image - and its lovely!

jeane said...

Maggie, I love the yupo piece, but I really love the last piece - it's just wonderful, colors and shapes - yum :)

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I could have stopped with the carrot cake! Great to spend a day together with friends! You sound so ready for Spring.
I'm lovin your Yupo risks...the colors and shapes! I'm finding with yupo...easy rubbing off wet color.

Jayne Shoup said...

"Idea that Sleeps..." reminds me of Arthur Dove's work, so subtle, such energy--on the mark!

Altoon Sultan said...

Lovely results from this foray into a new material. I especially like the two small pieces: so fluid and alive, beautiful color, like coming Spring.

Maggie Neale said...

Oh, so many lovely comments! I thank you all!

Yes, Neva, it does seems to induce playfulness and unattachment. Yes, it can be rubbed off, I wonder how long it can be rubbed off. It also can be reworked, but can lose spontaneity, well, like anything that is reworked.

The weather has been more springlike with so little snow and the winds have died down. The ground and all the bulbs under the ground are not so protected this year. I am sure more snows will come and we will be in winter again. Why do we sometimes wait so long to gather the woman energy?

Arther Dove! Oh, Jayne, what a nice thing to say! Thanks Jeane and Jayne for liking that one even it's less than good image. It speaks to me, too.

Maggie Neale said...

Altoon, fluid and alive, triangles, and spring green, just what warms our hearts...thanks for your comment as always.

Mary Ann Wakeley said...

each piece is lovely. there is a different vibe with each one. my favorite is the first one on yupo. the purity of color and expressiveness of line and other elements grabbed me instantly.