Winterizing

Winterizing

I live in New England and it gets pretty fucking cold up here. It is not yet half way though October and it is starting to get cold. I have to work indoors or my paints will freeze. Also, my wife’s car has to be pulled into the garage when we get snow and we get tons.

Last year was a mild winter, but we still had a couple of blizzards with snow accumulation of 6 or more inches. We have a snow blower that stays in the garage in between our 2 cars. The blower is fierce on our driveway. Other people on our block redo their driveway to keep them prisitine not to mention getting their lawns maticulously manicured and tended to by professionals. I do our yard.

So I need to move my art inside. The good thing is that I no longer do acrylic pours that run over the edge of the canvans and create huge pools of paint. My new technique is much cleaner – the should be no run off ever. I was thinking about a place to dry my paintings, but realized that I could just leave it where I painted. In the garage, the cardboard I was using got all bogged down and warped that I could not keep the painting there before it bleed and ruined the whole thing.

I am now preping my canvas with gesso. I did not do that before. It is good for the flow of the paint as the paint does not soak into the canvas. The main reason I decided to add that step is there are about 6 – 8 paintings that have just bled to death. I cannot sell those – they are terrible. I need to gesso over them to cover up the old paint.

So today I relocate my art studio inside into my basement. It will be good. I hated going into the garage regardless of the temperature. I am not even going to get into the 2 years I spent in our unfinished bonus room over our garage add the mercy of the elements. I do not know how I did it now that I am all nice and cozy in our finished basement with much more than a man cave – it is my studio for both art and music and is completely furnished and decorated. I even have an original DAIM print.

Here’s a nod to mother nature and she affects us here in New England.