Making my way by walking....
Working as I do is very much like walking in the dark. I don’t see a clear path before me, so I find myself looking backward as I walk, checking with what it is I already know about this series:
· I KNOW that I will be working on handmade canvases and that most of them will have windows
· I KNOW that I want to explore the contrast of waxed paper and un-waxed paper.
· I KNOW that all of these canvases are to be vertical with a specific color theme (restrictions from the project).
There are also some things that I think (and hope!) will be part of this series:
· I THINK I will be manipulating paper in a sculptural way.
· I THINK I will think outside the box with these windows.
· I HOPE I find my way into cohesive meaning with this series.
This is the point in my process where I don my cloak and dagger in search of something to steal!
In my Pinterest boards I came across two art works that somehow feel right for this first panel. I print them off and set out to the studio. I’ve decided that for this piece, I will cover the panel with layers of wax and oil and contrast the panel with some type of paper addition. Both of my Pinterest steals will allow me to work in that way.
Since this panel will need to match the Alizarin Orange color I had chosen last summer, I begin the work in cool colors. I often use graphite to draw or write on the white paper and spritz water color or diluted inks before I apply wax.
This is an image of the work early in the process. I continue with marks in the wax, layers of oil, images with stencils and oil pastels until I build up a lovely surface.
This close up of the nearly finished canvas has ten or twelve layers of wax. I like that I can see, to varying degrees, the history of where I have been.
I felt drawn to Wei Lin Yang’s work and asked myself, “What is the draw?” I liked the idea of wire and a long vertical hanging piece, so those elements became my jumping off point for my own work. I isolated a center strip, added my own calligraphic marks, wax and stitching.
At this point, I put away my inspiration images and become immersed in seeing where the art making process takes me. I’m including images of the finished first work in this series, but the title and even the direction of the series is not yet clear.
Front view: finished work Side view finished work