Sometimes things take a very long time here in my studio. I had to look it up. My first post about this really large canvas was back in May of 2012 and I had already had it laying around for months.
June of 2013 I finally took the next step. The blasted thing is 4′ square which doesn’t seem that big unless it is taking up half your design wall. I’ve gotta say that textiles/quilts have a huge advantage in the “taking up studio space” storage department.
It gets moved back behind the drafting table but then it is covering up you storage shelving. I worked on it quickly for a few days and then was stuck again. Or bored with it. By now mostly lived against the wall in the dining room but had to be moved whenever we had guests.
So I finally decided it needed to GO! Which means it needed to be finished. It will live on my bedroom wall and replace a large scale O’Keefe print (Jack in the Pulpit IV) that I’ve loved for 30 years but am ready to let go.
I don’t think the work is show quality (there are a lot of messes – and no I’m not pointing them out to you!) If I did this again I’m pretty sure I could make it amazing. I learned a LOT playing around with unfamiliar media. And I love it enough to live with it being the first thing I see every morning (right after hubby’s handsome face.)
Sometimes it feels so good to just get something FINISHED!
The title comes from this quote
Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,
having a perfect brightness of hope,
and a love of God and of all men.
2 Nephi: 20