“Art’s value is in its unique ability to give focus and substance to dreams, to guide our awareness of our individuality, our awareness of ourselves. It allows, if not demands us, to project ideas and feelings, to dream, to ask questions, to contemplate and imagine. In doing and responding to art we are enacting our civilization. We are asserting and proclaiming our existence.” Author unknown.
Process – On Masonite, a highly textured surface was created with modeling paste and a variety of tools. From this surface, when dry, frottage rubbings were taken using charcoal, graphite and conte, to be used in related projects. Applications of thinned acrylic paint were then applied to the textured surface and mono prints taken, also to be used later. When all possibilities of use were exhausted the modeling paste surface was painted with acrylic, with attention paid to emphasizing the texture.
The mixed media workshop was amazing, so different to taking 3-hour classes once a week. There was time to interact with the other artists there and time to work intensely on the piece of the day. We made one work a day and this meant concentrated focus and then working further on the piece at home. This workshop was also integrated with a once a week class in mixed media so I have experienced a large variety of techniques in these last few weeks that I will share with you eventually. The whole experience is over now but this doesn’t mean I am finished with the work. Many of my pieces are still incomplete but I am exhausted and need a break from my art. I am taking a few days off to visit the beautiful Gulf Islands off of Vancouver to visit friends and breathe in the peaceful scent of pines and ocean air, listen to the gulls and generally refresh my senses. Other than the work posted today I have a number of paintings to share, but all in good time.
I have managed to keep in touch with many of you but am still way behind in my cyber-communications – I will catch-up as much as possible when I return.
“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate; so indifferent to fighting and accumulation of objects and money.” Author unknown.