[image title=”Kat Johnston Photo: artistic suicide clean-up… I’m not sure whether it’s symbolic, or just a desire for something different.” size=”large” id=”1373″ align=”center” alt=”Kat Johnston Photo: artistic suicide clean-up… I’m not sure whether it’s symbolic, or just a desire for something different.” linkto=”viewer” ]

So today I got up and popped straight down to the studio… well… not straight down, but pretty close to it in any case. It was time for a clean-up, a clean-out, and a rearrange. I haven’t gotten to most of it, but I will… I’ve started. It counts.

One of the things I have resolved to do is pull up the outline. It’s been there for over a year now – it’s rather stubborn… but it will be moved. I think that now is about the time where I go ‘oh lord… note to self, don’t do this again. It looks cool, but it seems that masking tape gets ground further and further into the ground and the adhesive becomes more stubborn the longer it is there and the more it is walked over.’ Ah well… I’ll get there! The cards are already off of the wall (I had playing cards splashed across my wall) and at least the most obvious of artistic debri has been disposed of. Yay!

So now that you’ve seen that, time to post something a bit more ‘artistic’. I’ve started a little painting – this is the progress of yesterday and today (done in two little bouts). Now I will state this: this is still in progress… not done, nor really all that close to it… we’ll just have to see where this little gentleman leads.

[image title=”Kat Johnston painting: bunny is progress… this is the first incarnation of it.” size=”large” id=”1374″ align=”center” alt=”Kat Johnston painting: bunny is progress… this is the first incarnation of it.” linkto=”viewer” ]

The first incarnation… I’m loving starting on a black base, and working from there. Building up a base of white to define the figure, you have no idea how much I want to stick with the black and white. I love it. It’s so vivid and raw. I could fix up a few bits from there and quite happily go ‘that’s it!’ But nope… I’ve decreed that this picture will be colour. So the first layers go down.

[image title=”Kat Johnston painting: incarnation two… it still has a way to go, methinks, but the first layers are down, at least!” size=”large” id=”1375″ align=”center” alt=”Kat Johnston painting: incarnation two… it still has a way to go, methinks, but the first layers are down, at least!” linkto=”viewer” ]

The first real layer of colour… so far, so good. I feel almost weird showing in-progress shots here – I know that the in-between stages are hardly the best indication of how it’s going to go… but hey, that’s what this blog is for: for showing the good beside the bad, the well polished beside the rough cut.

Phew! Ok, I think that is about it for now. I have a studio to get back to tidying, and more painting to do a little later. In the meantime, I think I may feast on some seedless green grapes. Wish me luck!