On Saturday three of us came together for a conversation with paint and crayons...
Imbi Davidson, Lara Nobel and myself.
We had a grand time ...what's better than virtually 8 hours of immersion in colour and talk when it's so central to what you are thinking about ... and each of the three people present bring their own world of ideas and orbit of movement and activity.
We started by drawing with the non-dominant hand to music...
ideal for getting to that space of responding through the senses and feeling self rather than the brain in overload! We drew for a while then a large piece of paper was found for us to try drawing together...as if conversing .... 3 hands moving all over the paper .. confusion about the space and whose marks were where. It didn't matter... it set the mood for the explorations to follow!
large work by Imbi, Lara and Sophie ... oil pastel on paper
Lara Nobel - 5th year architecture student at UQ
Lara and Imbi
Imbi's work from the afternoon - paint is her middle name!
some of the material we were looking at through the day...
Scribbly gum bark that Imbi brought from her land south of the border.
string paintings I was working on
Lara's first works in colour in ages... Uni demands mean its very rare for her to get near a box of oil pastels let alone paint. Her drawings for her work are architectural and in black and white ... certainly not free and explorative like these she explained.
It was great to se what she was doing ... a few more sessions and her former passion for art-making would be fully revived no doubt.
|worked on this canvas in the later afternoon. Id pre-prepared the |
underlayer so I kept working with string as I had for a couple of hours.
Hopefully I might be able to get some images of Lara's fantastic work for her 5th year of Architecture at UQ... not sure that I can access mages for her online... so back later with that. A little more on Imbi now before I close this post. When she exchanged emails last week and said
I was so looking forward to collaborating with a fellow lover of the stripes ... and the conversations certainly flowed ... from her current masters on stripes... no... actually on botany and much more .. which was excellent to hear all about and pull apart. The places she has lived and all the stories that flow from that. It was also fascinating for us to reflect on the differences between how we think about painting and such and what it is for Lara to consider some the themes we discussed from her work in architecture.
"happy you are in stripe land...i think my stripe phase is permanent...oh dear! "
Work found at Imbi's blog - links to her shows. Read a great story from The Australian about her work.
Well.. I hope to spend more time like that ...talk about fired up and productive ... yet it was so relaxing and such a chance to unwind!