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.
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