Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sketchbook Project - the last sneak peek

I'm almost finished! Hopefully I'll have it wrapped up by the end of tomorrow to send it on it's way to the lovely people at the Arthouse Co-op!

In the tips section of the handbook it says that the sketchbook should be about process. Well, that's really hard for me to show in something that I know other people will be able to look at. I know it's crazy, but when I'm in the process phase of creating something I have to feel as though no one is going to see it. Ever. That way I can feel free to run away with ideas, create bad art, make embarrassing sketches and silly notations. Maybe I end up showing some elements of my process to people eventually, but I like to be selective about what I show. I know what you're thinking: control freak. Ah, well. So be it. Can't change it. I've tried. I wonder how other people feel about showing process?

Anyway, enough rambling. To apologise for not really revealing much of my process, I'm attempting some experimentation instead and using mediums I don't normally use or aren't entirely comfortable with. A while a go I saw an image by Melbourne visual artist Belinda Kemp that I just couldn't get out of my head. I kept going back to it because it was just so beautiful and I was amazed by the simplicity of it. For some reason I can't link directly to the post but if you go to her blog and scroll down a little to Monday, February 13, 2012 you'll see that the first image was the prompt for me to try out what I did below. Mine has nothing of the subtlety, artistry and quiet calm Belinda's image exudes, but hey, I gave it a go!


And as I've mentioned here before, I can't sew, so this was quite a novelty for me to play around with. It's a sort of olive-coloured thread (they were meant to be funny little trees but they look more like dandelions) over watercolour splotches and splashes. I did a little fineliner drawing too - much more comfortable with a pen in my hand than a needle and thread.

Check out what others have been creating here!