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Handless Maiden 7

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Haven’t had time for posting so finally got round to putting up the slideshow for the current process of Handless Maiden 7.
No he tenido tiempo para escribir mi bitácora pero por fin he subido la presentación del proceso (corriente) de La Doncella Manca 7.

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Blossoming – Floreciendo

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I’m going to be posting the process of the next painting in the Handless Maiden series in this slideshow as I probably won’t have much time to blog about it! (Once the slideshow is playing, you can click on the little bubble icon at the bottom left of the screen to see the comments I add as I progress.)

Voy a subir fotos del proceso del próximo cuadro en la serie de la Doncella Manca aquí en esta presentación de diapositiva porque no tendré mucho tiempo para escribir. (Una vez empezado la presentación, haga un clic en el bocadillo a pie de la pantalla a la izquierda y verás mi comentario sobre mi progreso.)

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Progress of Handless Maiden 5 Video

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Time is closing in on me and forcing me to work more quickly and decisively – which can only be a good thing. I’ve learnt a lot over the previous four paintings and can put that into operation with this one which also helps to speed things up a bit.

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Almost finished – Casi terminados

Handless Maiden / Doncella Manca 4 - stage 5

Handless Maiden / Doncella Manca 4 - stage 5

Handless Maiden 3 & 4 are almost done. How weird that one day it seems like I’ve still got so much to do and then the next, I can suddenly see the end. 4 is more advanced than 3 so I’m going to concentrate all my energy into finishing that one first and, hopefully, seeing it done will give me renewed energy to finish the other one.

Los cuadros de la Doncella Manca 3 y 4 son casi listos ya. ¡Qué raro como un dia parece que todavía tengo un monton de hacer sobre ellos y el siguiente veo el final claramente! El 4 es más avanzado del 3 y voy a hacer un gran esfuerzo para terminar esto primero y  a ver si una vez cumplido esa meta, tengo energia renovada para terminar el otro.

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In the Process – Metido dentro del Proceso

Handless Maiden 4 stage 4

Handless Maiden 4 stage 4

One of the interpretations of the Handless Maiden story is that it is about finding or reconnecting with the creative process and this is one of the reasons the story appealed to me so much. What I hadn’t counted on was how much the process of interpreting the story was going to affect both my work and my way of working. As I work through the series I can see uncanny parallels between what is happening in the story and what is happening to my painting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding the thread – Encontrando el hilo

watercolour 13.5 cm x 8.5 cm

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working .

La inspiración existe, pero tiene que encontrarte trabajando.

Pablo Picasso

Last week was full of worldly concerns that left me virtually no time for art-making. I snatched a few moments to do this little watercolour one evening and mixed up some colours for my collages but that was about it. Now, the week stretches before me with plenty of painting time but a lot to get done, as I really need to finish both these collages by the end of the week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moving Away

I realise that with each piece I am moving further away from literally interpreting the Handless Maiden story. Accepting this, it seems easier to follow my chosen path and I am able to worry less about the absence of certain characters or scenic elements in the pieces.

Handless Maiden/Doncella Manca 3 stage 3 Handless Maiden/Doncella Manca 4 stage 2 Read the rest of this entry »

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