Using the techniques previously described (in planning towards a series of works and working on a series of works) I finally made 17 paintings. From these I wanted to select 11 for my work that I have decided to call, ‘That’s just how it is’. My intention has been that there should be one work relating to each of the group of 8 willow sculptures, along with the 3 older willows that I have worked from too. Spreading them out was also the first opportunity to properly assess whether the re- sanding of some of the paintings had brought about the uniformity of surface that I was after, so quite pleased with that really. But also this highlights again this odd sense of the conflicting thoughts in trying to embrace ‘wrongness’, but at the same time finding elements that seem ‘too wrong’.
I was aware, as I have previously mentioned, their were a couple of the earlier paintings that just didn’t sit comfortably, mostly for the finish achieved, and I had only made one work relating to some of the willows- so I am pleased that I have been able to select 11 that adhere to my original intention.