Today, some narrative. This is a re-make of a photo collage I did awhile back of Gracie following me out of the yard, and then getting annoyed when I closed him outside. He did his little “M-a-ow” noise and in the end, I went back out of the yard and picked him up because he looked so pitiful.
I’m thinking about doing a children’s book. This won’t be it, but the idea that I should practice illustrating narratives came into my head, and here you are.
Someone recently asked me if I thought pets had souls. When you see how they react to being tricked, much the way a person would, it is hard to say that they do not.
Another emotional one. Tension, illumination, speed.
Complementary and analagous colors used in concert to create visual tension. Red/Orange stands front, blue recedes creating an air of suspension.
Progress on rag-rug has slowed a bit, in part because each circle is bigger and therefore slower, but also because I had to buy more supplies, and am now tearing them up into “yarn.”
Today I wanted to play with some of the waves structures I use in oil pastel in a more linear way. The transparency of the marker plays differently than the translucency and opacity of the oil pastel, and the result is interesting.
Years ago, I showed a doodle in progress to another artist friend. She asked me what my drawing was about, and I told her it was just a doodle. She said, “But what are you doing in it? You must have a rule or an order in mind when you did it.”
She was right, of course. That drawing was an interlocking blob from a single line kind of drawing. Since then I think about those rules and orders more explicitly. As I was saying yesterday, making work that is process oriented is inspired in part by my passion for textiles and fiber arts, but it is also a matter of curiosity about how the world works.
Thinking about how things go together and come apart helps me to make better decisions, and to understand relationships between more complex things, like politics and money. Doodling may seem like a simplistic task, putting colors or forms down on paper with no purpose. But it serves the purpose of solidifying mental images and aids in processing ideas.
Teachers often use idea maps, drawings that are diagrammatic versions of ideas, timelines, philosophy, and thoughts. In school, I used to draw doodles during class mixed in with my notes, but I was fortunate enough to have teachers who understood that it helped me remember things.
Even to this day, drawing helps me clear my head. It is a form of meditation.
It is the coldest day I’ve experienced in a long time. Colder than Helsinki in Ann Arbor this morning. Maybe this drawing is wishful thinking, because there won’t be any sheets of rain falling from the sky for awhile.
The sunrise this morning was lovely, pink and blue, it was probably part of the inspiration too.
This drawing is inspired by a combination of things.
Over time my work has become process oriented, meaning that I draw in an order and with a direction to create something that can be viewed as a series of events as well as an end product. Many of the oil-pastel drawings from the last several years were used to create time-lapse or stop-motion animations of ebb and flow.
Some of that orientation to process comes from my passion for fiber and structures that connect and go together in a logical way. The latest big project that I’m working on (the rag rug) is an example of that tendency. Each ring is executed in its own way with transition to, or contrast with the next one. There are rules that each ring follows that create the overall harmony for the piece.
Today, instead of using a radial pattern, the sketch uses a variety of directional squiggles to portray how one would use texture to create a visual rhythm. Complementary colors are used intermittently with analogous colors to add to the tension and flow of the piece. I’m thinking about using it for another rag-rug when I’m done with my current one. It is based somewhat on 004:365 Quilt: