I am humming these days…my brain cloud has blown off the coast and I can see clearly now the rain is…oh good grief.
What I’m trying to say is that I am on a roll. The studio is the place to be which for a few years it definitely was NOT. I am enjoying life and art and I am so very grateful for that.
So what is new in the studio? The kangaroo is continuing to take shape, although I am always taken by surprise at how many times I have to cut stuff out and start all over again. That is the problem with drawing in three dimensions. Erasing is not as easy as it is in two dimensions. But I am a strict taskmaster and if I don’t like the way something is looking then it must go go go. So you can be assured that the final roo will look different than the beginning shown here.
As far as those cool baskets/vessels/woven things go…I am revamping/revising the whole idea. After working on them for a year I have come to the realization that they are too time consuming to make with steel. From cutting to bending to welding to sandblasting to painting to weaving to reweaving…it is way too much work. So I am working on some new ideas with polymer clay and yarn. I am NOT going to show them to you (well okay, you can have this one sneak peek).
I am trying really hard to stay with the process as an experiment…to play with the unseen, the undone, the unknown. It’s all about playing, trying, doing. I tend to think too much and to want perfection which then makes the creative process just that little bit more tense and tight. Loosey Goosey is the idea, just try stuff, make it ugly…perfection and beauty are not the goal. New ideas/experiments are the name of the game. And this part of the process is mine, not yours. I won’t even promise that there will be a finished product for you at the end. I don’t want that stress, that pressure. I don’t want to be stuck in a box (although Max seems to enjoy that immensely.)
And finally, in case you happen to be in the area (or know someone who is in the area) I wanted to remind you that this Thursday is the opening of the sculpture show at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD. from Jan. 8 to Feb. 28. Four of my time-consuming baskets will be there. The opening reception is on Thursday Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30…for more information click here.