To dissipate some of the sadness of yesterday, wherein my aunt’s cat passed away, today’s drawing is lighter and fluffier than the last few. This drawing takes the scribbled motif of the last few days and makes it fuller and more colorful again, but still a little cloudy and wintry.
In other news, today I finished a project (that I can’t yet reveal as it is a surprise and it hasn’t been mailed to its recipient), and am starting a crocheted rag-rug using some sheets from Value world, and maybe some cat-toys of my fractal knitting technique. The test-toys so far have had some positive results and some negative. The yarn pills and gets pulled apart too easily, but the re-used ripstop nylon scraps make too much noise for many of the test-subjects, so I’m going to try with some scraps of the sheets for the rag-rug.
The rug is a project I’ve always wanted to try, and now I have a space which needs more warmth on the floor than the re-claimed rugs from my parents’ old house are effecting. That is to say, they only cover maybe one sixth of the room, plus they are dark-colored in a basement room.
Today an expansion on yesterday’s idea. I think I need to do some more scribbly scribbles. I like it but it still feels less cloudy and more controlled.
That’s all for today. Rough day, lots of things to do besides draw!
This morning, I went to the thrift store to look for some rugs to go on the cold basement floor, and found a great sweater with lacy chevrons. Even though it is green and this is not, the zigs and zags are what inspired this design.
Colors play with each other, but not in an op-art, solid way. They are softer, though still battling, the boundaries between them blur with the blend of the oil-pastel. Maybe they represent the internal battles of my current situation.
In school, they always tried to make me intellectualize the pieces I created, and I think in the grand scheme for major works of art, an additional layer of thought informs good work, but if every time one puts down media in space or on paper is an intellectual battle, then for me at least, work becomes stilted.
This piece interests me, maybe I’ll take the theme again tomorrow.
Now a design on Spoonflower! I haven’t swatched it yet, but soon I’ll swatch a group of designs.
The other project that I’ve been working on is helping my parents rehab their basement room. It has a fireplace, a nice window, and a very low ceiling. We are going to put linoleum down, we think, now that the icky carpet is gone and the floor has been cleaned. But in the meanwhile, I’ve put down some old rag rugs from the other house, and moved a table to work at into the basement.
This is a drawing of the table, With a doodle of the drawing sitting on the table:
Here is a photo of the table with the drawing of the table with the doodle of the table on it:
Having a space to work and be alone is not something I’ve had in a long time, and though this space isn’t actually my own, it is borrowed, it feels good. Unfinished floor, low ceiling, and needing a paint-job, are minor details.
The daylight filters in, and some of the plants from the garden have sneaked in through the gap between the outside cover and the light shaft. They survive despite the cold weather out there, maybe in part because of the air in the opening.
In this drawing, I loosely sketched, then wanted to play with using the oil pastels to create the feeling of the space. It is much easier to draw this small with pen o pencil, but I’m working towards a better figurative control in oil pastel since most of my work lately has been with abstraction.
I’m actually going to cheat and do two posts today. Generally, I’m always making things, so instead of one drawing a day, which is sometimes great and sometimes not, these posts will be something I made, be it edible, wearable or just visible. Sometimes it will be progress shots, sometimes, it will be sketches, sometimes finished pieces. Sometimes I’ll say something profound, others I won’t say more than a couple words.