Its been a little over a week now since moving into the Studio at Percolator Gallery... and some very late nights have been spent there getting into the ambience of it. I wrote post here at the Visual Eclectica blog that gave the details about this move recently.
Here are some shots taken in the studio yesterday.
Three tables are arranged in a U-shape and shelving spans two adjacent walls...so Ive laid out journals, concertina books, and small works...and these Op-shop cups and saucers I found a while ago. Behind them is a DNA sketch from the recent residency.
...playing around with 3D possibilities with an essentially 2D work.
Small framed works from 2007
some of the recent journals and two new ones waiting to go.
Loving the fresh white walls to put up ideas to muse on.
Its all so delightfully fresh and organised at the moment... even flowers from
a lovely young artist who showed her work in the Gallery above last week.
A journal from 2007 ...enjoyed reading this quote the other day and also
working with the colours and composition on a new work last night.
The wonderful thing is that I have had the luxury of time to explore and look at old work and recent and research a bit more on the origin of motifs I like to work with that are based on seed forms or related ideas. This simple motif below is a recurring form in work this past ten or more years. From Ancient Greece I have actually handled cross-sections of seed capsules that correspond to this form.
Using acrylic paint, ink, and aquarelle pencils and crayons I did
a lot of work on quite large sheets of paper pushing around the ideas.
This is the kind of prep work and processing of ideas I love to do but have not had space to
really go for it for some time... so I made sure to make the most of these precious hours.
the seed pod templates I made to play around with ideas
for layering larger forms on busy under-painted works
Cutting up large works and making concertina pages
on which to work over was an engaging process
I spent last night trying to get down as many variations on a theme... being this motif which is in essence an infinity symbol as well as, perhaps, a seed capsule.
Its was such a freeing things to simply work very quickly on one image after another...
keeping the sense of animation that is a quality I love to have in most work i do.
Well... I wasn't intending to load all these images up ...but as I've
neglected this blog recently perhaps its just as well I have.