Intrigued still with water and ink on paper, two directions emerged from my last exploration — layering and graphic shapes. Working larger, as well as grounding these abstractions in the sky will be additional considerations when I move forward.
The two ink works above are from summer, but late today I did sit down and work on some new pieces. It was hard to get into a groove, but at least it’s a start. I’ll soon see if their are any promising pieces in the bunch.
Instead of making art right now, I’m contemplating making it. Maybe writing this post is procrastination, or as I see it, contemplation of where to begin. I have a hankering to revisit mini quilts and also to delve into ink drawings. Simple color collage work is another temptation.
Maybe I hold off because I prefer not to work in the cold, dank studio at the moment. Or maybe because when I start a project, little people needs call me away just as quickly. Despite these challenges, I haven’t been idle. Creation has flourished in the kitchen as we incorporate new ways of eating and on the needles as knit and purl, knit and purl.
As I feel more balanced on the health and nutrition front and slightly bored with knitting, I turn back to art making. With roughly six weeks before our world changes in ways we are not yet certain, I now need to take a leap and get busy from a different creative vantage point.
It’s all an exercise in patience and balance, flowing with life and realizing opportunities when they appear — in this case, a bit of “down time”. But, oye, there is so much yet to explore. And so much still to juggle. Choosing can be so overwhelming!
Paper and Cloth has been neglected for too long. Clearly, I find it hard to multi-task — I have given all of my creative energy to A Drawing Project for the past couple of months. It’s not that I haven’t thought about this space, because I have and often, but it was also important for me to delve into art making for a focused period of time. In my time away I realized how very nourished I am with when I have time to knit, sew, craft and tend to my home. I hope to find balance, and peace, between these two worlds in which I often feel divided.
I’ve moved on for the moment, unable to capture the initial
energy that propelled this direction. It’s okay though. A Drawing Project
continues to push me — I need to be artistically present and responsible one
day a week. To my surprise, that is a BIG deal! I’m at a point where
transformation and adaptation is necessary. I over think things (way too much)
and am still insecure about creating art, so this “little” project ends up
being a mental mess once a week. Where will I go? What will I make? I’m curious to
know. I’ll need to show up on Monday…
For awhile I explored shadows and the spaces they created
using the fern that happily sat on our dining from table. I was also interested
in employing materials already at hand, in this case, an envelope and
newspaper. I still contemplate shadows and their spaces — maybe a direction to revisit soon.
Five weeks have gone by since A Drawing Project began. My family and I managed a big move around week 4 which lagged on and on as we vacated the apartment. All this hubbub and the delights of setting up house forced a lighter side in my work. I'm trying to be less analytical and just have fun. Why not, I say. I'm curious to see what emerges as my little pile of pen drawings grows taller.
This is the second drawing I posted for A Drawing Project. I have been inspired by what I see beneath my feet. I gravitate to the geometry, as well as the subtle relationships of curb, to sidewalk, to grates and drains, of the streets. I like to contrast the hard edges of the paved earth with the soft and pliable material of the thread.
Thread represents the most basic of lines in my drawings. From a single thread, so many variations can occur — mass and shading being the most pronounced in my pieces. The process of hand sewing forces me to slow down, to be present and to unwind. The street reference provides a structured framework for me to be free, allowing for the unexpected.
These are just some reflections in how I approach the thread drawings and what I am processing.
This is my second shadow drawing of our fern plant. This time I collaged a bit of wallpaper to define some negative space. A little watercolor pencil adds a slightly softer texture. Maybe there is a little more contrast? A little more interest? Little, by little it goes.