I don’t find this whole art lark easy. I mean that ‘it’ (creation of work, coming up with ideas etc) doesn’t come easily to me: in the way it seems to come easily for others. ‘Others’ would no doubt say the same thing.
I have had quite a busy year doing some great things but for the first time in very long while while, I have nothing planned. No shows. No projects. No nothing. I haven’t planned anything and nothing has been presented to me. This is a little disturbing, and it could be testing. Can I keep going without the lure of a deadline.
I have decided to use the time to practice. Practice doing things that I find difficult. If I practice, surely things should be easier! ha!
Difficult things one in series of many:
Working purely from sketches/notation.
I have found working something up from from field sketches intimidating. What will I do without the subject in front of me or a photo? I have regularly thought I need to get over this! I have a bunch of sketches and longer sustained drawings in my visual diary from visits to a location in the central west. I like these sketches and drawings, all done out in the elements. It’s 5 hours away by car so I can’t cheat and go out and get more information. I want to see what I can do with these to work these up into something else – a painting, drawing more….here’s the original images. I will record what I come up with!
First off I didn’t stick to any process, and it didn’t go well…These are some paintings where I through the paint around and turned things upside down.
So I returned to a process that has served me well. Photocopy all the sketches, then cut them up and rearrange them as a collage to work out a composition.
Layering with mylar paper and drawings
Using these images to build new collaged and layered images:
Canson paper (blue), kraft paper, aluminium fly screen, hinge tape, synthetic polymer paint, on mylar paper pin