I'm pretty proud of myself so far with getting on top of my new years resolutions... I've learnt how to pickle, have started the process of building my own stretchers/canvases, have been sabotaging my paintings, and I am doing the dreaded of all dreaded activities later today - going to the gym to get a membership and... cough... work out. I have always hated working out but realize it's something that needs to be done in order to be healthy later on in life. But I have a plan! I'm going to combine something I hate (working out) with something I love (knitting and reading art magazines)! The knitting on exercise machines make take some time to coordinate - I expect it will be a bit of a juggle like rubbing your tummy and patting your head at the same time, but I hope to become as skilled as this woman...
I also went to McNally yesterday (BTW poor McNally - I love it there) and picked up my usual paintings mags (Juxtapoz, Border Crossings and Hi Fructose) as well as some newly recommended ones (Modern Painters and Frieze). And I think I am in love. I had too much coffee before bed last night and wound up devouring Modern Painters when I should have been sleeping. It is THE BOMB. First, I found it hilarious that Pharrell was on the cover (haven't seen him in a while - or atleast I don't think he's been around - I don't have cable) and its full of great up and coming and established painters as well as criticism and theory. So my plan is, until I get on my feet knitting and being on exercise machines, I will read Modern Painters front to back, side to side, inside and out while I work out.
Flipping through it yesterday I discovered Carroll Dunham. I love how her work is both graphic and painterly and I dig her use of simple shapes to depict the human body sexually. She is also THE BOMB.
I thought I'd also show how I have sabotaged my latest work. I spent about 8+ hours on a painting before I got pissed off with it and decided to smear bright red paint all over it and scrape it off with a palette knife - this is how it looked after the scraping.
Then I thought I'd cover it with beige and I started to bring back the weird 90's colouring from underneath.
As of the beginning of class yesterday I wasn't very pumped (this is all apart of the process) but by the end of class I was starting to get into a groove and I now like where its going. It's far from being complete but I am happy with my sabotaging thus far.
Alright, signing off!