One of the prompts in the Creative Strength Collective was simply to do a collage; then another to begin work in a series. So, I began with a picture out of a magazine that I cut out years ago and still had…always loved this door! I just worked pretty much intuitively, although on some level I was aware that it had a lot of feminine/ female imagery going into it and I use both words because some parts are feminine/pretty and some are female/strong or mysterious and/or alluring, suggesting the subject may be a mature woman.
So I cut up that collage to take it forward; yet when it came to the following collage, a child steps up to the plate and begins right away to gather some pretty flowers to bring with her. But two very alert birdies stand watch as she sashays on the paper trail.
The mood changes swiftly and takes on a hazy sort of glow as if in a dream or a past time/life. And a whole flock of birds travel directly with her. The blue door starts to look more like a memory than a clear inviting door that promises a garden may be behind it and starts to look as if it may be lurking now. But before she can cross the threshold, she has to step over the beach rocks and the ocean current that runs beneath it. Also, the pretty little things fade away…the delicate flowers simply disappear into the mist and a more solid, single dark flower takes it’s place. Now, mind you, I do not consciously think this as I work. It’s only afterward that these aspects are actually revealed to me.
See, I thought I was just playing and enjoying the paint party, but I was really sinking into that wet sand…is that what it is? What do you see? It may be something completely different!
Been a rough week for America. I know, I missed last Friday’s blog post. Been like this… you know, you’ve got to keep the music coming!
Well, I haven’t been flying anywhere. Pretty happy right here making things. Still working on that quilt piece but lots of other things happening on top of cleaning and re-organizing – getting all the winter clothes out and the rest put away. Been working up some small collages, 5X7s, 9X6s and starting some 10 inch pieces – mostly mixed media, although this next one is all fiber.
I may do this Friday blog every other week until I catch up. I’m also trying to learn Lightroom, a really good Adobe photo editing program. At the moment I have a free trial to see what I think of it. But it takes me awhile to get these new things that the youngsters pick right up on so it just eats up my time like MS. Pacman once did! I can also only sit at the puter for so long!
So, before you go, you may want to chill for a minute and listen up…see you soon!
What a waste of time! I just spent a good part of 2 days trying to discharge some of my prints on fabric with Thiox with very disappointing results. Some days are better than others! I used 5 times the beginning dose of Thiox in the mix and still it was barely noticeable! Ugh! I so wanted it to work but it must be time to make lemonade! OK, I’ll stop griping and move on…I did and I used what was left of the discharge paste on some of my breakdown prints and that worked, so I know it wasn’t a bad product or a faulty mixture. It just didn’t want to work on the eco-prints.
Part of making the transition indoors has been to grab some time to just play and explore with collage and paint. In Jane Dunnewold’s Creative Strength Training group on Facebook, we have weekly “Prompts.” I did this fabric collage with a digital overlay of an actual drawing of my hands that I colored in on Photoshop.
Then, just for myself, I did a couple of experimental acrylic paintings: using only a palette knife as a tool. That was fun. It certainly makes great texture and you can achieve some real depth.
It’s definitely not always about the finished product. It can be just about changing up your usual way of doing things, getting a different point of view, pushing yourself in new directions, changing your head set.You never know when that experiment will resurface in surprising ways to be just the thing you needed to experience.