Today I completed my first ever plaster project, and it was messy! Our task was to create an installment with figures, true to the human form. My idea was to create gymnasts, as they contort their bodies in unimaginable ways, balance upside down on the palm of their hands, and fearlessly flip in threes. I began the process, sketching bodies, true to proportion. Once I had a clear shape with clear gestures, It was time to start the process. Underneath layers and layers of plaster is a wire structure and cotton balls. Working with wire is a challenging task, twisting it around and manipulating it in to the desired shape is nothing compared to drawing. Working in the third dimension requires a keen attention to detail. Once a frame was created I used cotton balls to fill the body in and strips of soaked plaster atop that. The plaster had to be smoothed and smoothed and smoothed to prevent cracking, and improve structure. It was a long process. I installed my gymnasts on a stair railing, letting them balance along that as if it were a gymnastic bar. The finished piece is here!
There is finally an art supplies store in White Rock! Long lost are the days when needing new paints meant a long drive to the nearest art store. Yesterday however, I seem to have accidentally purchased fluid Acrylic paint, rather than Acrylic paints. This proved to be an experimental event for me. Being that it was the first time I have ever worked with these paints, I experimented with them, mixing and dripping them across my canvas, until I created a pattern of line, which I decided would work well as a background to layer upon. This mistaken purchase resulted in a new piece!
What I’m listening to: “One” by Ed Sheeran
What I’m reading: “The Shining” by Stephen King
I have always been very much interested in fashion and so I must savor some blog space for the industry. Designers create a great feat each time they create a new piece; they alter the industry and so many lives. I idol their ability to create a work of art that is hung, not in a frame, but draped on a body. Each item we acquire an item in our closet or buy clothing at a store, it is the result of a designer and somewhere earlier on, their idea, their design, their creation, their Art. As well, fashion appeals to me because the clothes that we are drawn to and we pick are a reflection of who we are and what appeals to us. When you put together an outfit, there are a collection of designers behind you, who get forgotten about when your clothes just become something that lies on your back. Designers are inspiring because they must be original and cutting edge; they make art accessible and usable.
As I stare down to a blank page in my sketchbook, I grapple with this question. I always find it challenging to dive in to piece and begin to create. Yet, the first step, the dive into creativity, is of the utmost importance. For instance, when one decides to hike a large mountain, the intent or idea of accomplishing this feat is meaningless without follow through. The first steps are often hard, then quickly they will fall in to the rhythm of the climb. Once I finally convince myself to begin the piece, I quickly fall into the art and the rhythm of creation.
As I stumble through my art work, I have begun to truly appreciate the value of process. I have realized that process is more valuable than the product. When I work on a piece at some point always, I find myself at a standstill, when my original idea seems eons away from my work. When I reach this point, I must learn how to create what I originally envisioned. Often when painting, this results in having to paint and repaint until I have created something that is along the lines of my original intent. With a close attention to detail, the process is often drawn out, as I continually adjust and revise my pieces. Through this continual process, I learn a great deal; I am able to develop techniques and learn about the particular medium I am working with. With many people looking to the product it’s the process and it’s importance is too often overlooked.
Attached here is some Street Art I discovered while in Los Angeles. The vibrant use of colour commands the eye to it, which emphasis its intent. I found this work particularly beautiful and inspirational for the use of colour and shape to create imagery.