When preparing to travel, there is a lot of work to be done. Where do I go? What do I want to experience there? What do I need to pack? Do I have what I need, to accomplish what I want? What loose ends do I need to tie up, before I go?
With the benefit of hindsight, I can see that this is exactly what the past few months have entailed. I am not planning for a physical trip however, but for my adventure in the studio.
I have assembled and improved the arsenal of techniques I need. I have fine tuned the process to get to where I want to be, and perhaps most importantly, I have realized I am ready to do what I’ve always wanted to do.
Make MY art.
These are a few sketches and works in progress, developed during the Abstraction course with Lisa Call.
Composition #1, sketch (2012) 20″ x 24″
Composition #2, in progress (2012) 20″ x 24″
Composition #3, sketch (2012) 24″ x 36″
It has been quiet here because I have been doing a lot of back burner thinking, trying to nail down just what path I want to take.
The Abstraction course with Lisa Call has helped, but really what it has done has brought me back round to where I started: inspired by the works of Desmond Morris, and wanting to develop art quilts of my own biomorphic doodles.
Since that starting point I have explored and learned so much. What is stopping me from doing what I envisioned? As far as I can tell, now it’s primarily a case of practicing shading. And of course the endless quest to improve and innovate.
I am torn in a few directions, though. I also want to work on personal pieces like this one inspired by our trip to Africa.
Africa #1, in progress (2012) 16″ x 20″
Then there is an as-yet-unmentioned project that I see great potential in, both personally and for marketing. It remains to be seen whether I can juggle three paths at once, but I think it’s doubtful at this stage in my life. One of the three might just have to go back on the shelf.