Monday, March 15, 2010
Old and new
Time for another little update on my never ending dots. Actually, I quite enjoy this technique even if I am cursing the person who put plywood in the bottom of the boat. Have you ever considered the patterning in plywood? Especially when it gets wet.
But its part of the challenge. I'm adding some very light washes of watercolour to this to mimic the rising sun hitting some points of the boat. I was aiming for more coloured inks, which I have. But one of my .18's died and a .25 broke as I was trying to get it apart to fill it. Yes, I need new pens.
This weekend I took part in a couple of workshops facilitated by Marlene Creates and run through VANL (Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador). They concentrated on developing artist statements which is something we all shudder a little when we think about it and grant writing. Marlene provided some thought provoking questions that pushed my brain into considering more about why I am an artist and why I create what I create. This provides me with a clearer picture of how to articulate my work and vision. So, this week I'll be revising my general artist statement and hope that I can come up with something that inspires the average person to visualize my work.
At the same workshop I met Margaret Ryall. Margaret and I have written back and forth through her blog Painting On, and it was lovely to meet her in person and be able to talk more about our work and challenges. Virtual friendships and conversations are so helpful, but reality does make a difference.