May 6th, 2018
Books on Tape - "Mythologies of the World" and "Circe" , other various YA Books
Movies on Airplane - "Thor - Ragnarok"
Favorite new show - "Aggretsuko"
Hiiii! Guess where I am writing from? Up in the air! I'm on an airplane. Lots of turbulence, no coffee and really perky flight attendants. I'm a little hungover from last night, so I'm not my most patient self. Hangovers in your 30's are terrible. You gain like, 5 pounds FROM THAT NIGHT ONLY and you feel like garbage the whole day. In your 20's you can pound vodka, sleep for 6 hours, go running and then feel fine. Now, wake up feeing horribe, try to sweat everything out on a run, eat really healthy and drink double the amount of water you are supposed to drink, and your head still feels like its going to blow up. And you feel fat. yayyyy I'm on my way back home to Minnesota to visit my family for a combination of birthdays - Dad, twin niece and nephew - and Mother's Day. Hopefully I don't bark at any kindly Minnesotans that are just trying to help me.
Knowing that I would be traveling a lot in the next few months, I've been trying to get a bunch of paintings started so that I have a good foundation when I get back from Italy. Priming canvases, arranging compositions for paintings, photographing models, writing back stories, all lovely things. Everything was going smooth. Go Alli!
Then one of the worst things that could ever happen, happened. Painting wise I mean. I finished the drawing to Inanna Triumphant, primed it with matte medium and let it dry over night. The next day I did a wash of mineral spirits and yellow ochre over the surface, started painting the faces of Inanna, worked on a few other thing and again went home. I came in to find this...
The muslin I bought for these paintings is thinner than what I normally work with. I had bought muslin from a bunch of different places in the past and the paintings had always been OK. There were a few wrinkles on my painting of Ninhursaag, but after I did the underpainting it tightened up again. So, after crying and then calling my husband (art conservator) I figured a few things out. 1. My muslin was too thin. 2. all of the different crap in the mineral spirits did something weird with the matte medium. 3. There was probably too much water in my matte medium from my paint brush. 4. The humidity didn't help either. 5. I should have trusted my instinct with the flimsy muslin. and 6. For Ninhursaag, I didn't use any thinners in my paint, just alizarin crimson, titanium white and linseed oil. So all fatty goodness paint. Not shitty, life ruining paint thinners. (In that moment, not all of the time?)
oooo, Idris Elba is in the movie? (Still watching Thor) Everybody in this is so HANDSOME... (heart eye emoji) Agh, we are descending and I just bought another $6 worth of wifi.... of course they are cutting it off soon.
Andy told me to give the painting a day to mellow out, and if it was still wrinkly, I could put a special sheet thing over the surface and iron it with a clothes iron, on the lowest heat setting. I had to go to work for my end of the week, so I thought 3 days would give it time to mellow out the wrinkles. When I got there it was "OK" not great. So I tried the iron method. I share my studio with my best friend who is a costume designer, and she has TWO irons (yes!) Fancy strong ones too. I didn't have the fancy sheet thing, so I used a paper towel. The lowest heat setting didn't work... gradually I moved the heat up, up, up and up, and yes! The highest heat setting worked. This would have been terrible if I had done anything but the underpainting, because I melted it a little bit. But the wrinkles were gone! and It turned the transparent red oxide bluish, which was cool.
My other best friend Haniya came in and she said it looked better too. Now there is always an "ironing" option" Also, I could just not use that shitty muslin again, at least for something big.
Short and sweet, we are about to land, and I will write something on the other pieces and hanging out in Minnesota soon.
xoxox from the ssskkkyyyyyy!!!