Saturday, September 23, 2006

Buying time

Although I'm pretty certain that I'd be happier with the Monkey King cut up, I can't quite do it yet, so I'm buying some time by working on a few small paintings. For over a year now, all my paintings have started with some plum blossoms, a symbol of perseverance and also a nationalistic symbol in 70's Taiwan. Here I've started 4 of them at the same time, but I don't frequently do that.

This is how they start -- the paper is painted with whatever colors I have around, then come the plum blossoms. They look really stark right now, but they'll get mushed around a lot, and much of the blossoms will almost disappear beneath layers of images. Here's a painting that started out life more or less the same as these:

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