I am a work in process… but, that is beside the point. Here is a drawing that I started working on at the Arts & Crafts Society’s Drawing Day last Sunday. I was coloring in the night, thinking how assumed white the world is when the pencil color called “Dark Flesh” is very much a shade of pink.
Second Tuesdays are busy days, so I’m taking a break between attending the resident council meeting here in the building and an art committee meeting up at the YWCA. Then I’m passing on an invite to an “unhappy hour” down in Boardman as the poetry reading at Pig Iron Press starts at 7:00 PM and the Open Mic at the new M Gallery, just a half block north, starts at 8:00 PM.
Yes, this is my night out… I’m going by myself this time so I don’t have to shush a date. That’s bad, but some men are so used to bar bands, where it is okay to have conversations with your companions, that they think it is okay to talk during live performance art.
Sometimes, I just like to turn off my phone and disappear… that’s what I did the night I wandered off to SOAP Gallery to take a leaf bowl class. It was good to play with clay again, and no one really needed to know where I went. Here’s my unfinished bowl being assembled upside down.
I think I added one more leaf… it’s very shallow so might be more of a plate than a bowl. I will find out when it comes back from the kiln. I hope they offer other clay classes as I really would like to make a pot to hold paint brushes. I’ve seen it in my head for years… have looked for something similar repeatedly, to no avail. That’s pretty much how it goes. When you see something you want in your head, odds are that you have to make it yourself. Or sync thoughts with someone who does custom work.
Thanks for reading…. time to roll.
Worked on some blues on the left side tonight while listening to Pandora radio… it is slowly coming together. I did not plan on tears dropping into her lap. As always, emotion twirls into the art.
Someone asked, “What is it?”
I don’t know… it doesn’t have a title yet.
Officially, it will a mixed media piece done in layers of watercolors and colored pencil on two large pieces of art paper that will be laced together like a corset, embellished with beads and handmade lace, and mounted on a gouache painted board before framing.
Size is 35 x 29 inches, bit odd… but I’m recycling a frame.
The basic ideas going into this are: woman, bound, fire, pain, grief, heartache, endurance, and strength. When it is done, it will just be what it is.
Off to a slow start, considering that this was to be my Thanksgiving project. Back in November, I only got as far as dismantling a large, odd sized frame (a thrift shop find) and painting the foam core backing with black gouache to up-cycle it as the ground for a mixed media piece. The two large sheets of watercolor paper were untouched until last night, when an alternative plan came together. I cut them to meet ye halfway, then used watercolor pencils to lay down the first layer of color.
As for the original plan, it can wait. I have two of these frames… couldn’t pass them up at 8.50 USD each, as I know this type of metal frame would cost at least a hundred new. Just the glass would rack a pretty penny. If I had spare cash at the time, I would have bought the dozen or so of these frames. All had identical mass produced prints, so it is not like destroying art to reuse the frames.
The next few layers will be done in colored pencils… I will take it downstairs tomorrow, work on it in the community room, as it is a “Draw on Sunday” day for the new Arts & Crafts Society.
I need to hop a bus, go buy a couple pads of art paper for the ACS, so I best get going.
Thanks for reading!