The Weekly Sketch: 1.19.14

One of the things I decided to start doing this year was renew a commitment to daily drawing and sketching.  To that end, I humbly offer a new series in this blog: “The Weekly Sketch,” featuring scanned (and unadulterated) excerpts from my 2014 sketchbook. They aren’t finished works; they are process pieces – the byproduct of my daily commitment to the page, which I feel keeps me loose and open to creative possibilities in and out of the studio.  Essentially, they are meditations on surface and texture, a means of rendering my mind’s-eye more porous and receptive to information which might serve…

An Interlude…

I’ve been working on some printed cloth to incorporate into soon-to-be-revealed petal-una pieces.  These are floating print layers and are one-of-a-kind pieces, each having a life of its own.  I am always on the look-out for what I feel are perfect confluences of pattern and color in whatever surface design work I’m up to – these confluences will often become the subject of further image and pattern development.  Here are lightly embellished “portraits” of some of these recent discoveries:

Heart of the Matter

Soft afternoon – change of light and color and the last blossoms of Fall before leaf-change.  I am in familiar territory again after working through time constraints and energy traps – grateful for this long-desired spell of studio time…and happy to be writing again. I am diving back into the flow of work and ideas – able to take some time to consider relationships, connections, to move ideas forward and bring their essence closer to being.  To be estranged from the heart of one’s creative light can be confusing and disturbing.  Sometimes the condition is the result of choices made,…

The Unfolding Continues….

Sometimes, the inspiration to create just isn’t there – no use in forcing the work to unfold – it does so in its own time.  Under this spell, I decided to surrender and take a break.  I knew my muse and I needed a rest, and so I gardened and read and cooked – creative but quiet activity.  But lo! While on a walk yesterday, I felt an overwhelming tug, an urge to get back to the studio…. and so today, I resumed the work of studying process.  Recall that I began this project with a desire to comb my…