Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October News Brief

I'm preparing for a large series of paintings, where I plan on working within certain parameters. I plan on keeping a fairly consistent palette and work within a theme, and I'll be working with a surface that I don't plan on mucking up a lot, maybe just gentle scraping back. I'm going to treat it as a challenge to not rebel, but to find innovation and adventure from within this predetermined working structure. I may need to have a second group going, where anything can happen, just for sanity's sake.





I talked to two different people outside, while wearing this cicada shell on my lapel. Neither person mentioned it, and I continued to wear it for several hours inside the house. Then caught a glimpse in the mirror and it startled me.

I'm once again starting up the touchup service. I moved my sample making setup outside because of the fumes. Then I spent several hours online researching other, less toxic materials. The mosquitos are almost gone now and it will be nice to spend time outside again. This was an amazingly long satisfying summer, and now I feel like winter will be just a blip. It's usually the reverse.

I finally harvested my fancy carrots. They ended up being shaded by the tomato plants and were a tad dwarfed. I did go ahead and eat a few. They were excellent.

Myrna's continuing to be an absolute delight.


Felix and Sheila inherited a sleeping blanket. It crinkles, they like it.







Alan on the drop cloth pile. I better move those.

I will be leasing studio space starting in November at the Circle City Industrial Complex, home of Wug Laku and friends. I'm getting excited about some exhibition ideas I have for the space. More to come....

11 comments:

Mary Addison Hackett said...

Rock on. I see the kitties miss me. They look so sad. cicada pin. *snort*

lucy mink said...

very exciting stuff going on Carla and I love your cats.
really nothing said about the cicada, to funny.

Carla said...

MAH, they are all so depressed that they sleep 16 hours a day.

I love cicadas but not so close to my face.

Anonymous said...

Wow, so weird to other kitties Oz's pad. Glad they seem to like it, though!

Lisa

Anonymous said...

And you were right--Sheila is so big!

Lisa

Mary Addison Hackett said...

I just read the write-up on the space. fantastic. so happy for you.

Carla said...

Lisa, Yeah it's sad for us, but not so much for them.
Thanks MAH. It opens up creative options, probably too many, but I'll deal with that.

Nomi Lubin said...

Just so you know, I would tell you if you had a cicada shell (skin??) an inch from your neck!

Nomi Lubin said...

Would like to hear about any less toxic, or, especially non-toxic materials you find. I cannot be around many things anymore. Paint thinner and turpinoid are totally out for me. I freaked out when that happened (a few years ago), but then found citrus solvent which they claim you can drink. (Haven't taken them up on that.) It's $50 a gallon, but I was so afraid that I was going to have to switch to all acrylics that I was (still am) just grateful.

Carla said...

You're a pal.

Carla said...

I was referring to a hard epoxy-like material for making chip repairs to various surfaces - stone-hard and fast curing. I use acrylics as much as possible in the touchup service.

For my own painting, I do now useless odorless thinner. I am very sensitive to many fumes, but not so much with turps or mineral spirits.