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A NEW CREATIVE PRACTICE
Welcome to FRESH PAINT FRIDAY where I’m going to feature what’s on my palette, easel or gelli plate each week. From colour mixing to new materials to finished pieces, I’m going to share my painting process and creations every Friday. Last December I started a photography project called Mindful Mondays and it has been great to keep me motivated and creating, even when I’m short on time. Inspiration is only one part of art making – a commitment to dedicated practice is equally important. FRESH PAINT FRIDAY is a sticky note to myself to show up to the studio and PAINT!
This week I returned from a lovely time away in Victoria and Mayne Island. I came home with several projects in mind but when I went into my studio I felt stuck. So I grabbed an old/abandoned gelli print from my scrap pile – much less daunting than blank canvas! I had been playing with my new Liquitex Acrylic Inks and had a piece of paper with rich, black marks on them. This work began with one of those torn pieces being collaged onto the gelli print to create a horizon. As I worked, layering acrylic inks and fluid acrylics and drawing with my new Stabilo pencil, that little scrap that I started with became ice flowing into the sea. As the acrylics flowed and I worked intuitively, I found my own flow and overcame that stuck feeling.
What do you do to get un-stuck?
Two weeks ago I blogged about a tiny art piece that I made for my friend Kiyoko. This sweet little painting is one I created at the same time for my friend Debbie. You’ll notice the similar colour palette in both works. Debbie is a runner, mountain biker, swimmer, mountain race adventurer and mother. [She is also an awesome chiropractor who keeps my body moving!] She is inspirational to me because she is strong and she sets amazing goals for herself. After her daughter was born she worked hard to regain her endurance and strength and was out racing again in no time. It seems like every time I talk to her she is preparing for a new adventure like Snow to Surf, Kusam Klimb, Perseverance Trail Race or Mud, Run, Ride. You might even find her sporting a costume made my Kiyoko when they team up to race!
To me, the deep purple and rich green in this piece are “Debbie colours”. I put the rain pouring down on the mountain as a reference to a recent mountain bike race she did on Vancouver’s North Shore. The three circles represent her, her husband and her daughter. I was pleased when Debbie opened this birthday painting because she said something along the lines that it almost meant as much to her that I made time to make art for her as it did to be receiving a work of art. She knows that my days are busy with my babykins! I love creating special art pieces for people; I hope that when they view the art work in their home it reminds them of their adventures.
I created this tiny piece (4 x 6″) for my friend Kiyoko who is a runner, mountain biker and adventurer. She is inspirational to me in the way she sets goals and challenges for herself and just as importantly for her wonderful enthusiasm. I felt the sunny yellow in this artwork reflects her nature. When she unwrapped it she said she liked the glacier in the upper part of the work. This is why I love abstracted works – I hadn’t even been thinking of our local Comox glacier when painting but there it is!
I’m still absolutely in love with my Gelli Plate! No more blank canvas/paper stalemate. I love the unexpected nature of printmaking – the mixing of colours and the wonderful textures. I’s a great way to get started in the studio. I began with acrylic gelli printing and then layered in pencil, ink, watercolour and more acrylics.
Despite rainstorms and some gloomy weather, I’ve been feeling the promise of Spring! Lately I’ve been using my Gelli Plate to create these small works on paper. I start by layering acrylics using a monotype process. Then I work with watercolours, graphite, pencil crayons, white Sharpie and a permanent marker to develop texture and details. Map and marine chart symbols having been figuring prominently in my work again. I think that this is symbolizing my journey into motherhood and my drive to reconnect with both an inner and outer landscape.