Working in the studio

It’s amazing how much preparation goes into making a painting. I have three projects on the go simultaneously: the crucifixion needs to be re-stretched and completed, the “Aviator’s Dream” is demanding ivy, and “As the Crow Flies” needs to get started.

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I laid out the bars for the crucifixion. They were leaned together in the closet where I had hidden the painting away for all those years. The canvas won’t fit exactly right on the bars again, but it will be pretty close.

I spent a couple of hours figuring out how the birds will ascend the panel for “As the Crow Flies”. It has to be vertical in order to gain a sense of height; the birds will spiral up and out of the frame of the canvas, rising from what I think is going to be a cauldron at the bottom with a male figure looking into it. We’ll see how much I end up sticking to the plan, these things have a habit of changing themselves on the way to completion. 

Finally I put the “Aviator’s Dream” up on the big easel and winched it up high in preparation for the ivy work in the coming weeks. I love this easel. It laughs at the most enormous canvases, doesn’t even flinch and holds them totally steady for me. 

About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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