Day fifteen – Friday January 12 – 2018. Starting at 14:40
1 hour, 45 min
30cm x 30cm
I thought it was the worst painting this far in the project, after finishing it, but perhaps it brought me into a different and interesting new path.
I was tired and I felt like the chill became a part of my body. I couldn’t manage to paint in a concentrated and detailed manner. I flushed the paint all over the painting-board with more and more rapid movements.
Perhaps I can use this approach in later paintings to make them more emotionally involving? Perhaps I could combine the details and the roughness?
Could it be that I had to get into this situation to get to the point where I was pushing my own boundaries?
Day Fourteen – Friday January 5 – 2018. Starting at 15:00
1 hour, 40 min
30cm x 30cm
Thirty minutes cycling to work before dawn. Teaching until 12:30. 12:45 cycling about an hour with a heavy loaded bike trolley. Putting the load on my back in a rucksack. Hiking uphill about half an hour. Organizing my stuff. Painting one hour and forty minutes. Dusk. Firing my headlamp. Hiking about twenty minutes back to my bike in the dark. Cycling a short half an hour.
I’ve done a lot of research in order to find the most perfect spot for this project. I
wanted it to be reachable without using my car – due to my ecological and environmental views – though I guess I sometimes will find it necessary. I hope I will have stamina enough to keep cycling!
After hours and hours experimenting with different media, I’ve decided to use alkyd-paint from CAS in conjunction with linseed oil and turpentine to extend the drying rate, as alkyd paint dries a bit too fast on it’s own. So my first attempt here were only partly successful, while I was only using Liquin together with the paint. (Liquin and alkyd-paint has about the same drying-rate.) The nearest part therefore dried too quickly. Hence the Linseed oil and turpentine. I like a few parts of the painting where new paint pics up parts of the prepainted areas. I hope I will be able to paint much bolder and faster while continuing the project!
This first painting is painted ond mdf-board grounded with rabbit skin glue and with ocre pigmentation. 30 cm x 30 cm. I’m not convinced that this will be the final solution. It might be better to paint with bigger brushes on 40 cm x 40 cm, and perhaps also on streached and grounded paper.
I have chosen this alkyd-based media because it can withstand a shower and even freezing conditions. It also has the blending-capabilities of traditional oil-paint – while done with my modifications.
It’s not possible for me to go out into the woods every Friday throughout a whole year. There will always be Fridays which are occupied with other obligations, so it cannot be fiftytwo.
In nature there seem to be a mathematical formula of certain numbers – known as the Fibonacci-numbers. You can find them in the numbers of petals on flowers, in the eyes of insects, in beehives i.e. I also found out that my squared paintings would fit nicely into this sequenze at the number of 40. In arts this is known as the Golden ratio – and are said to describe perfectly pleasing relationships. At this point I don’t know whether it will be useful for my project or not, but i find it worth a try. Perhaps it will end up as an organizing formula for the final exhibition of the paintings?!