"Into the Woods III" - mixed media on aquabord, 6" x 6". Available on etsy.
These trees...snow covered woods. A new series, apparently, as I am dazzled by them. The process is long and intense, involves a lot of painty hands and tools and a huge mess before the lovely reveal at the end. It's like a gardening project - it's ugly and hard when you first turn the soil, but the ending, when all the pretty plants are standing tall and surrounded by loamy mulch, it is a breathtaking moment.
Still reading the Twyla Tharp book, The Creative Habit, and dazzled by a chapter on scratching.
I am scratching when I mine the lyrics of Into the Woods for little ideas that might resonate (and there are so many gems in song lyrics). My favorite form of scratching is to collect names from nametags in restaurants and stores. Unusual names. Names that become characters in a painting just because there was something about that particular name that sparked an idea.
My journal should be called a Scratch Book intead. Filled with scribbled thoughts, sketches, phrases, taped in pieces of paper. None of them worth diddly by themselves, and some of them really not good at all. But Tharp says, "Scratching is not about control and repose. It's about unleashing furious mindless energy and watching it bounce off everything in your path...Let it be awful and awkward and wrong." Just let the ideas flow.
These must be the witch's beans!
We'll take them with us.
Today, dear reader, I give you beans. What you do with them, well, that's where the fun begins!
Today's "Pay What You Can" piece is "Self-Portrait",an experiment piece in watercolor and ink on paper, 9" x 12". This piece will be shipped flat. Shipping is anticipated to be around $10.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with how much (or how little) you'd like to pay for this cutie (shipping will be added). The winner will be selected at random and notified via email in 24 hours.