The intellect wants us to see what we know and understand, but when viewed from the heart, sometimes something altogether happens. Both were of Snowdonia National Park, both pastel sketches and executed really quickly.
Views from Trigonos retreat, Nantlle
This year my new year’s resolution was to start a sketch diary. Sadly this never really materialised, better luck next year, that is all I can say !! Not long now!
Uart 500 sanded paper, with Unison and Terry Ludwig pastels.
Finding the pastels somewhat “flat” so experimented with adding some texture. First I covered the offwhite UART grit paper with all shades of red and orange and yellow pastel and painted over with mat gel medium. this created quite a thick covering that showed up all the brush marks. When completely drying painted over the pastels, like the affect. Will continue experimenting on the texture front and build up more layers using acrylic paint as the underpainting.
stack of white paper, stark white canvases, plentiful tubes of luscious colour, pastels, charcoal, pencils, ink. The weekend has arrived, my art studio has been professionally cleaned and organised by a friend and I am about to make some marks on all this whiteness !!
Looking at the images surrounding me, the marks I have made on paper, board, canvas and card have all been curves, swirling, entwined, marks, curvaceous languorous limbs, swirling fecund growth with swelling fruitage, usually heavily paint laden, deep grooves made on the paper with my pencils, there is a will, a strong will that controls not on the visual element but in the way the medium is applied.
Today will I produce something similar, without a doubt it will be “rounded and abundant” , this is how I think, this is how I am and this is how I express myself. Maybe I could try something different, or perhaps could say that I do try to make marks in more geometric, angled shapes, but it doesn’t come easy, I have to think about it and when I think about painting or what I am to do, its then that a blockage restricts my flow and nothing comes out !!!
One more sip of coffee, perhaps sitting in the sunshine, then lets see what happens
The Creative Journey continues
trying out new pastels, didnt like this medium before but in this new style pallete of colours instead of “sticks” is a very different feel. so been playing
Wow, sharpening ones pencil !, this gives it a whole new meaning…………… There is nothing quite like that feeling of getting hold of your scalpeel and paring of slithers of wood to reveal the shiny graphite core. Honing the lead to a find point is magic, a wonderful feeling……. However look at what this man does with his pencils !!! Dalton Ghetti, american based carpenter who apparently spends years just doing one piece, a full gallery of his work appears on the telegraph website.
Have spent some of the weekend writing up guided meditations, visualisations and all manner of stuff for a forthcoming workshop in Malta I run with a couple of friends. In doing so I was inspired to create this image. I call it THE MASK ………….. of perfectionism.
I have worked with many people who are crippled by this, unable to sometimes even make any steps forward because of the immense anxiety. Often this control comes of out of a real sense of sadness within, it cannot be revealed at any cost so the person controls their external environment to such a degree that absolutely everything around them has to be perfect. I too have this incidious trait, it can be so cruel, I have battled with this a long time, its a lot easier now I have learnt to let go a little and life has become somewhat less anxious but the creative process can sometimes be a nightmare. Dr Estes wrote a letter on facebook about perfectionsism, she explains it so well, I have posted it on my other blog, click here
The image is done in oil paint, oil pastels, scanned into my laptop and layered digitally……………