if anyone is into collage in any way you may be interested to know i've just added a supplies section to the Restless Things shop. I have tons of paper ephemera in my studio, a lot of which is of no good to me. i got rid of a load of it to some art students at a recent car boot we did but i still have loads. prices are very reasonable as i just want to see things move on to a new home as opposed to being sent to the recycling bin! i'll be adding some bits and bobs on an ongoing basis. as i buy so many old books in poor condition i will be removing any bookplates or illustrations that might be of interest to people.
notes: here is only the second (completed) drawing of the month! aptly titled as i think this is how i'm feeling right now in the drawing department, but it is a small breakthrough nonetheless. it took two glasses of vino to get me started and to stop a) over thinking about how it might look b) thinking that there's no point in trying in the first place. all i could think about whilst drawing this piece is 'this will be another nothing', hence title.
yep, i made a spoon to go with my bowl. i crack myself up sometimes! i was thinking of making a homemade kiln from an incinerator which i've read about but the clay would still be porous after firing :(
here's a bit of a story for you. for the past few weeks - during my whole 'period of no creativity' - i've been having some sleepless nights. not because of any particular worrying factors but because this year a bunch of crows have decided to live on our street. at 5am every morning they get up and fly up and down and up and down and up and down our street squawking their damn heads off! about 2 nights ago we decided to give up and close the window at night and i have since had the most beautiful peaceful sleep, undisturbed by crows or anything.
yesterday i purchased a pack of modeling clay - i had been thinking about trying to do something 3-d - what i have NO idea! - it was cheap and i thought well, let's give it a go and get the ol' brain thinking about something other than the fact that i'm not drawing at the mo'.
last night during my blissful sleep i had the most creative and inspiring dream. in it i located my dream studio, overcame evil forces responsible for stealing my creative spirit and started making strange little bowls from clay. i woke up completely refreshed (can't remember the last time this happened) and really looking forward to a day in the studio.
alas, the desire to draw has not yet returned but i did make some little bowls from my modeling clay and they look like they did in my dream - just imagine what you made at school when you were 5 and you're there. bliss.
things are pretty slow around here on the drawing front as you may well have noticed if you stop in regularly. i'm in a rut. i feel uninspired, it's been going on for some time now (weeks not days) and i'm trying not to let it phase me.
i'm trying to enjoy the little things this week. coffee, pizza and cake al fresco; Toast brogues bought at a car boot this morning for £3 (in my size and barely worn!!?!). just fyi - we don't entirely exist on pizza. i also completed my tax return so you know things are bad!
egg cup bought for 20p, incoming paper supplies purchased for about £2, pizza night and some thinkings.
we managed to get to 2 carboot sales and a local village which was hosting 40 yard sales this weekend despite the threat of storms! i had to stop myself from buying the most amazing old fashioned drawing board made from lovely bare wood. it was way too big for my needs sadly.
notes: lots of thinking about levitation, out of body experiences and ghosts, particularly poltergeists and how they like to target teenagers and pick them up and throw them around a bit (or something).
it's late but i've finally got my head around finishing this piece so thought i would just put it out there. my usual way of working is to aim to complete one drawing per day in my studio. there might be a bit of a doodle to warm up, some terrible false starts and some pretty good starts. some days it just happens without anything else needing to be done. but this piece has taken many days and left me feeling quite anxious that it should achieve something.
with many of my drawings i aim to create a sense of weightlessness and i have this thing in my mind that the shape i'm drawing cannot touch the edges of the paper in order to achieve this. in this piece i wanted to prove to myself that i could work right up to the edges and still have a floaty feeling.
question: when does a drawing made in paint become a painting? hmm.
i'm not sure what this video is all about (in a good way) but one thing is for sure: this is a great summer anthem! if only summer would hurry along - it's june 1st and i have just put the heating on!?
so how was your long weekend? mine was full of rain, drizzle and howling winds and looking out of the window. boo.
it did however help me get along with this quite in-depth (for me, anyway) drawing. above is the first layer of a potential three. i'm not sure how it's all going to come together and even if i will like it when it's finished (isn't that always the case?). it seems a little bit 'busy' at the moment but i've had this vision in the back of my mind for the past couple of weeks and told myself to just get on with it! today, layer two...