Some have just started- actually not just. This started as a drawing in my 'accountant's sketchbook' a few weeks ago. I had taken Lucy and a friend to a school park and drew while they played. I loved what was happening on the page but I wanted to take it further ,so I cut and pasted some of the shapes on a wooden board. I drew some more. I really adore the figure of the child on the swing. I feel it works eactly as I would like it to. Which is rather rare, so I don't want to mess it up...
Saying that, I know that the first layers of colour are going to take me a few steps back because I will definitely mess it up and it will be horrible but there the challenge lies. How to keep that original freshness? how to keep the original story- lets face it -there was a story- but how can I take it beyond that story too?
That's when I have to 'stretch'- push myself to go beyond what feels safe-Whipe out a whole series of shapes because they are just that, isolated shapes and offer nothing to the whole-And then ask myself all sorts of questions about how do go further, and further yet?
So there goes a whole day of work and everything looks much worse than when I started off- which obviously is a good thing!(because I did take the risks and eventually it will come around and behave itself-somewhat...)
I also really want to say that I have been reading Alexandra's blog and I have come to really respect her fearless attitude, her clarity of thought and her passion about her art-
And one more lovely and newly discovered (by me) artist: helen carnac. She has a blog too but I haven't really seen that yet.