This morning I had the urge to create something large. As it was snowing quite heavily, I could not go out to my husband's workshop to get a large piece of Masonite to use as a support, so settled for a 20x30 inch piece of foam core. To this I taped a sheet of drawing paper. Wanting to work quickly without having to set up, prep and clean up, I decided to work with dry media - colored and graphite pencils, crayons and oil pastels.
Listening to a "mental" recording of a favorite song, I closed my eyes and drew, with long sweeping movements, how the lyrics and music felt. Then I began coloring in the resulting shapes. This is so different from what I usually do, but so freeing as I have no plan and no desired outcome. It will become what it will become. I may like it. I may hate it. It doesn't matter, as long as I continue to enjoy the creating of it. There is much to discover in the actual doing.
Update: I worked a few times more on this but decided I wasn't enjoying it. I didn't like the way my hand and arm were smearing the graphite and I didn't like the tediousness of coloring in the areas. I was looking for something spontaneous, but I guess pencils and oil pastels don't offer that when trying to color in large areas in a short time. So I ditched this. But I learned from it!
|As far as this progressed|