Right now I am working on two very different focuses (foci?) I am continuing with my series on Vessels, which I have mentioned previously. It will continue to be an important part of my practise, there are many ideas percolating around and I have been sketching and journaling about the series.
But I also wanted to make collage pieces like I did in Mexico, when I made a few small pieces like this:
I started by printing fabric and paper to use in “building construction”! Have you ever done gel printing? Its a style of mono printing using a synthetic gel surface to print on…it feels a bit like silicone and is very user friendly. Check it out on YouTube or Pinterest, it is amazing!
But I want this work to have a different influence from my time in Spain with old buildings and little village with interesting profiles.
So I made a big stack of papers and another big stack of fabrics – some of the best prints I got by tearing up old white bed sheets! I also tried painting dilute gesso onto the fabric to give it some “tooth” that worked very well (my formula is 75% water and 25% clear gesso).
Here are some of my favourites:
I had made a few sketches of the village while I was working in the hostel and I would like to use those as inspiration – I am finding the scale tricky to interpret – just how large do I go?
Now I am facing a couple of challenges:
- what should the background be? I have painted washes for sky and ground on watercolour paper
- I think the wonky buildings are fun but maybe too frivolous
- I tried painting buildings behind the collage – not sure that worked
- one piece has a nice grouping but isn’t grounded onto anything below.
I want to be “good” at it right now!
I don’t want to take time and thought!
I want to work bigger – and fear is holding me back!
I try a layout and it doesn’t work – I have failed!
Wow! Wow! I have only spent two days on this work – why do I expect perfection so quickly? I didn’t get where I am in a week, where is the patience that I suggest to others? I know mistakes are ok, the garbage can isn’t quite full…yet!
Does this sound familiar: We watch a two minute video and it looks so easy – why doesn’t mine? We bought the right supplies, why isn’t it working? I followed the instructions but why is mine different?
So I had some serious self-talk and now I know there’s still time….and I made some sweet little windows!
Breathe – smile and have a cup of coffee!