I started three canvases three weeks ago. I got all excited as I thought I would enter them into a couple of art competitions that I had spotted. I find having a focus like that can be a great way to concentrate the mind. I am somewhat deadline driven after all! But the best laid plans of Mice and Kims go so terribly squiggy at times and I missed both competition deadlines in spectacular form.
I actually finished this piece a day after the deadline had passed. GO Kim! The other two pieces never got off the ground and are still sitting in a state of project beginning-ness. Mainly due to a convergence of commission deadlines, which always take priority.
All I knew when I started this piece was that I wanted to play with using gel medium to add a bit of dimension and texture to the work. I built the texture with Golden Regular gel and a palette knife then added layers of paint over the top once it was dry.
The tree came along nearer to the end. A few layers in, I realised that what I wanted was some sort of focal point and a tree felt right even if there is a lot a blue and not so much green. Although the Quinacridone Gold wash over the top does give it a slight green tinge in places and a slightly aged look that I don’t think has been entirely captured in the photographs unfortunately.
I may have missed the competition deadline but I still like the resultant canvas with all its texture and it was a great learning process too.
Are you, like me, very deadline driven? Do you need a deadline to focus your mind? Or can you be productive without one?