Well, it's been a busy week. My Solo Show opens on Friday, and different parts of my brain have been firing overtime. Did I forget to invite someone? How was the light on that painting again? What shoes do I wear? Where are my business cards again? Is it going to snow? Will anyone come? ON and ON, at all hours. Silly really. It will be a great party, and a chance to see the best of my work of the last 2 years up, all together, with close friends, old friends, new friends, and family. I can't wait! You are all invited!
Also, my box came from WY. The work I was working on. So, I pass by the not yet finished paintings each morning, painting in my mind sometimes, and am thinking about the drawings. I won't have time to get to anything for a while, but tried some quick experiments today in between teaching. Used water with the graphite powder. It worked in an interesting way. I tried it on watercolor paper, not very good stuff, but just to see. Once it was dry, I was able to manipulate the graphite as usual. Something I will store as a new technique to work with. It gives me the option of having big bold passes of value instead of painstakingly 'filling in' with graphite to cover an area.
SO, back to a bit of what I learned in WY. I began my first drawing in the usual way. Studied the values, measured the proportions, worked hard to make it look 'right'. When I got up to stretch, it hit me that I didn't want to continue that way. Duplicating the scene. (No offense to anyone that does) I guess I'm tired of that in my own work. When I start that track, I'm so caught up in accuracy, I've lost the energy. I've lost what attracted me to the spot in the first place. The emotional impact that is wrapped up in a stroke, a mark. So, I played some more. I went to another location. It was very windy. I sat on a log and just watched the aspens swaying, noticing how they mimicked the grass. How the wind seemed to move up from the ground underneath them. Then, I picked up the powder first, and very lightly brushed part of the paper. Then sat some more. Decided on how many trees to draw. Decided on where to put them. Decided to make the paper as important as the pencil mark. They are a team. Why cover everything up! Slowly, I built it. It's not an involved piece, not in the way most people expect. But it's probably my most thoughtful to date, simple as it is. This is the direction I'd like to move with my work.