10 days to go . . . it will pretty much be sleeping and painting from here on out. I have holed up within my bedroom and it is here I will be residing for the most part until this painting is done. It has been very slow going over the past 3 days, but I have been making a lot of progress. I am on schedule, but I am also depending on a sort of accelerated learning curve as I see how far into the details I have time to go. What is important is that the level of detailing be congruent across the entire piece. Today was an important trial and I am gaining momentum.
In my mind, as I progress across the canvas, I have to chart out a sort of pathway that will take me to the completed image. I constantly have to adjust the time schedule and pathway as I come across new obstacles within the painting I have to overcome. Sometimes I gain ground, and sometimes I lose it. What is most important is maintaining momentum. If I do not, then exhaustion begins to creep into the edges of my focus.
At this point, I am working on this piece in my dreams each night as well. Within the dreams, I find myself working on aspects of the painting I am having trouble with, and using the dream state I resolve the issue. When I wake up, I know exactly what to do next.
There is a reason to this madness though. A reason to why I am pushing myself as I am. In 2007, with the completion of the first MasterWork, that year I knew I had it to make a go at becoming a professional artist. In 2008, I gave myself 5 years to make it. These five years I promised myself I would give to my practice comes to an end this year. I began Agony & Ecstasy that year as well with the intent that it sort of be my graduation piece at the end of the 5 year run.
So, here we are, 10 days left . . . will I make it, I hope so. Magic 8 Ball says “Yes.”
Here is a video of the beginning stages of this piece from 2008 . . . back then this piece had a working title The Ceiling until this year when its name became obvious.
Birth of a TurtleDragon
An Evolving Process
This will be an interesting experiment . . .
This is an old video from 2008 that illustrated the progress of the Sunstone MasterWork for 2008 . . . never had the chance to go back and do the final with the finished piece, but maybe sometime this year I will find time to tweak it.