Back to the Birds

I’ve been in the same place for a few consecutive days, and I have to admit, it’s been kind of nice. I’m getting a little workstation re-established, and have been working on making some “finished” versions of the bird illustrations that I was working on while at Jentel last month. Lorie has been busy making some panels over the last couple of days, and we’re thinking of collaborating on a little project this weekend where we’d silkscreen some of them onto the panels.

In terms of the other bird paintings (the ones mentioned here, since I don’t really have a proper image gallery up yet), I haven’t made another one since I’ve returned from Wyoming, but I’ve been thinking about them quite a bit, trying to figure out what the next step with those should be. They’re a little bit of an extra challenge right now, since I don’t really have a good workspace in which to paint… or at least I haven’t modified a space for it yet. Lorie and I are still itinerant, so we’re relying on borrowed spaces, and those don’t often have areas that I feel like I can comfortably (potentially) make a mess. Also, I might be running low on a few key tubes of paint. It occurs to me as I write this, though, that I might just be making excuses for myself. What I need to do first is figure out what I’d like to make, assess my supplies, reorder as necessary, and then come up with a workspace, so rather than pacing around telling myself that I don’t have enough paint, or that I need to clear a workspace. Thus, what I really need to do is spend some time in the sketchbook coming up with ideas, and then proceed from there.

And speaking of ideas, I’ve been fortunate enough to feel like I’ve been sitting on one lately– I just need to get started on it. As is my way, I think I’ll just remark about it cryptically for the moment, and not really elaborate, but I’ve been thinking about it long enough that I clearly need to do something about it. This one I can act on, right now– I have all the supplies I need, and space to work. Which of course, means that I should do it. I’ve remarked elsewhere on this site about my tendency to examine something from all angles before I act, so to prevent myself from shilly-shallying around it for weeks, I’ll get started tonight.

Heck, I’ll get started now, instead of just typing about it all night. I’m not particularly writing about anything at the moment anyway, so I think I’ll just go get excited and make things, and tell you about it the next time I sit down to write. Alright, off to find the sketchbook…

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