I am working to build up the darks and introduce movement in this composition. I am also working on a very small scale to build texture by creating the clusters of small circles.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I think. And hark, where are the birds. I was able to work up a really interesting surface in this piece and added only a little imagery - the gingko leaves. "Decorative" seems to be a four-letter idea in art; but I love treading that line. Is it working?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I saw some great work done by my friend's primary school art students. She called them "breath" paintings. The concept of moving media with breath was so exciting I went to the market and bought myself some straws. Voila! I began creating this image by first blowing some light washes around the paper. I am also working with a metallic dry pigment which I hoped would behave more like glitter than it did. I used spray glue and the doilies as stencils then sifted the gold pigment onto the surface expecting it to only adhere to the adhesive. But it worked its way into the fiber of the paper. Not to worry though. Because of this I conversely had a happy accident. Once the adhesive dried it acted as a resist and I was able to expose the doilie by applying a light ink wash over the area - check the bottom right side of the page. Perhaps this is the start of a Prana series...
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I had time over the last three days to get some good work done in the studio. Some of what I am pursuing is playful, a way to experiment with new ideas; but I am also finishing some work as well as working back into older drawings that need attention.
Silver Silhouette 6 x 6" acrylic, cut out and paper mounted on panel
Botanical revisited 20 x 20" ink on Arches
acorn inklet 5 x 7" stitching and ink on Khadi
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Well, I've really had to give myself permission to make mistakes in order to coax myself back into the studio. I have had such a long break from regular work over the holidays with our two trips out of town, and the grad school application process is really a Herculean achievement that sort of hangs in my mind. As I thought about simply showing up this week, and primed myself for the week ahead I realized I need to be gentle with myself. "It's okay to make bad paintings...for now, just paint." Of course the work never goes badly, really. It's just the fear that you won't live up to your past which is paralyzing. And the permission to fail is a very powerful catalyst towards productivity.
The piece I am working on above was begun in December. It is the sister to the piece of wood upon which I painted "pretty bird". I have held off with the tight realistic renderings of the animals mostly due to aversion, but I think there is some benefit to it all. I have remained wide open to risk in the background of the painting because my investment of time and effort so far remains small.
Happy New Year to all of you and best of luck with whatever you are working towards this year.