I think I'm stretching out painting the iron on these two pieces. Yesterday it dawned on me that it's because I love painting with acrylics and don't want it to be over. The next stage, after letting the acrylics dry, is clearcoating with varnish. That's not nearly as much fun.
So it seems as if I haven't really absorbed the fact that I can paint with acrylics any time I want to. I have canvases to paint. I have archival boards to paint. I have watercolor paper. And I have paper I can play on, to use later for collage.
It's a little tricky to make space to paint two-dimensional work while painting sculpture. There must be a way, however. The main thing is to believe it's really ok to do it.
The paint looks wonderful on the iron. I'm amazed at how beautiful the iron is becoming. It was ok as just plain iron. But now it's becoming more than ok. And the colors I'm using are a result of lots of experimentation with the paint on paper as well as on iron test pieces. So there's a synergy here. The painting on paper - the play with color - helps the sculptures. Do the sculptures help the paintings on paper and canvas? Yes. The sculptures are a kind of anchoring, a centering, a grounding. Iron keeps me practical enough to live on earth.