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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

{studio archive}: July in the studio...

{studio archive}: July in the studio... workshops and hours spent pa...:


I just wrote this post for my Studio Archive blog and thought why not post it here as well with time being so precious and this blog neglected of late as this July I've largely focused on the studio, workshops and thinking about painting!

Staying in at home to work on my computer has been far overtaken by the desire to get to the studio, only 15 mins away, for long sessions of painting. The simple fact I am not online at the Paddington studio is the reason I've spent far less time online since June.

Sessions spent working on paper and journal pages messing about are freeing...










I greatly miss friends from the blogosphere and find I am less likely to keep up to date with posting on new work... esp at the website. Its also easy to forget about things coming up as I am not getting email reminders.

BUT...

the paints are out and its is go, go, go over there.

I have sorted out all kinds of work from past to present, reviewed works on paper, looked at what could be better resolved and continued to work on new pieces, large and small.

Its a delicate balance of focus really remembering whats coming up and must-dos, workshops and meetings.... and all the while being hugely immersed in thinking about painting just now.

Here's a glimpse... a little random!

Working on paper I find liberating as it matters not whether as idea comes together ... especially since I  will work over anything in sight if i feel inclined. The layering process offers much room to experiment.







A recent work I altered to colours when nearing completion was this one below. A friend visited one day and saw clearly what was missing ... giving me really the perfect idea to go forward. The linen I was working on was wonderful too... quite thick and textured. I liked the way the paint felt working on it.




close-up





colour, patterning, seed forms...



more work on paper... above panels... below large sheets





Working on canvas...



20 x 20 cm squares




20 x0 20 cm sq


close up


Rethinking a 90 cm square work... reintroducing seed capsule cross-sections motifs.


This theme will feature in the work I carry out on residency in Far North Qld later in September.... so I have been exploring material from late 2010 that is relevant to this next stage of the project.



motifs from rainforest fruits seed capsules... cross-sections




Stitched work... have been thinking about this again.... the closeup of a work below got me thinking about it too.


 and these stitched pieces I've been playing around with ... thinking about collaging them onto canvas...





So... there's much happening... work in progress is something I really enjoy. Not one given to painting one work from beginning to end... one after the other. I like things to grow and sit quietly and have time to be mused over.

Cheerio for now,
Sophie

14 comments:

india flint said...

it's a good thing, being away from the siren call of the interpixies
but
thank you for posting so much work, it's been a delight to wander/wonder through it all

Sophie Munns said...

So delightful to have you wander/wonder over here India!
An at-home day after too many late studio nights got me feeling like blogging again...and lo! I realised I had a backlog of images waiting to share...

annamaria said...

Good going Sophie. Sometimes you just have to close the door and work your heart out in the studio. Lots of exciting things being created there though. Looking forward to see how your ideas develop:)

sakurasnow said...

Great to read that you've been in studio/painting mode and making such good progress - these images are beautiful, and the stitched pieces are wonderful! Happy painting/stitching :) sx

nance said...

cool stuff, soph!

Printed Material said...

Sophie, if the muse is with go just go with it! Some intriguing images here but it's often your sense of colour that hits me most. You are obviously a woman on a mission - keep going!

Sophie Munns said...

3.30am in the wee hours and just back from the studio .... no computer over there... so you see why I am not blogging much. Listening to Radio programs and painting for hours...
Lovely to hear from you all ...thanks for cheering messages...I'd invite you al over if I could.
S xo

Mlle Paradis said...

you go girl! make the most of the painting space. we won't forget you. xoxo

ArtPropelled said...

Oh yum! The painting taken with the basket of seed pods has my heart racing and the detail photos are simply delicious.

em said...

all i can say is wow! what a great idea to add stitching!

Sophie Munns said...

oh... I have forgotten to pop in and ay hello...

big thanks MP... xoxo

Robyn... delighted to read your message!

Em... mmm...thinking about it!

Sx0

vogel said...

love love love the linen piece, the one your friend helped you to see clearly!

:)
V

Sophie Munns said...

Thank you Vogel...
its a mystery how a work evolves or doesn't at times...
asking for thoughts can really help!
S

Sophie Munns said...

Thank you Vogel...
its a mystery how a work evolves or doesn't at times...
asking for thoughts can really help!
S