I've been working on the Wolf Totem painting once again. It always takes a while to jump back into a painting part way through. It takes some time to reconnect and rediscover where you were when you had to put it aside for a while.
With submissions coming up for upcoming Fine Art Shows on the Island, I needed to also start on another painting. And the 4ft x 4ft canvas was calling out. I'd looked through my image library to try and find another image that would be suitable for such a canvas, one with adequate resolution to work from. But I was feeling that the only image that best suited this canvas was the Brown Bear. I had done a 3ft x 3ft painting of it, and included it in my first solo exhibition at the Silk Purse Gallery. I was so happy when the Brown Bear painting found its new home with a dear former student of mine.
But during that same exhibition, one gentleman voiced that he loved that painting but that it was too small. So, I figured that the Brown Bear was calling again, and I wanted a composition and size that could command attention in a show. But as with all my paintings in this series, I will not refer to picture of the first painting, and only work from the photograph. It will guide the way, with whatever changes that come up along the way.
I also find it helpful to have a second painting in the works. It informs the work being done on the other. Also in this case, it is helping me connect to the starting phase of a canvas, given that the Wolf was further on in its progression.
Now that I've completed the recent commissions for icons, a totem painting which I had started last year, is back on the easel. I have a number of canvases waiting in the wings, including a 4ft x 4ft... I'm drawn to the 4x4, remembering how much I enjoyed painting the 3ft x 3ft Brown Bear, but it needs to be just the right image with a high resolution for adequate information for the detailing in such a large canvas.
In the meantime, the wolf totem which had been started, will be a good way to get back on the bike so to speak.
But I started feeling cold symptoms on the same day that I delivered the last icon commission on Monday, and have had recurring stabbing sinus headaches since, and not feeling great at all. But the canvas is patiently waiting.
Now that the icon commission has been completed, and hopefully delivery on Monday, weather permitting, it is time to return to a totem painting which I started some time ago.
The 6 painting from the series which are now on consignment, are being installed this weekend at JDStevenson Gallery in Chemainus, BC.
I am also in touch with CanvasPlus who is doing the giclee prints for the series.