Another tree inspired monoprint with coloured pencils. I was thinking about the mycelial network connecting trees when ‘drawing’ the roots of the trees. Keeping to mostly red the colour is depicting this support system and the interdependence of living organisms – the Gaia theory depicted on paper.
Staying in my comfort zone of graphite …. although most of these new works in this series are a slight deviation from my usual ‘fur’ works which seem to be hard to step a way from.
Having listened to a lot of artists’ interviews on the net it is clear that most of us make some initial marks, be it planned or experimental, and then we just follow the demands of the work. Beckett saw art as an act of translation and Barnett Newman said ‘one cannot really say it – one can only paint it’. I’ve also come across the view that art is a place for expression, and especially for the expression of that which we are less clear about. So this is what the images are – something that wants to be communicated in this way. Sharp edges and soft layers finding that they are part of the same unit.
Two examples of the left hand drawing excercises that I start the day with – using your non-dominant hand is supposed to engange the right (creative) side of your brain. It certainly makes you concentrate on looking and you realise that your left hand seems to have decision making capabilities of its own. Those wobbly lines were not what I wanted to draw!
I seem to not being able to change the organic, ‘dotty, and ‘flowing’ way of drawing. And yes, red is also a prevalent feature. With Flow I just had to stop – don’t think another spot of colour would improve the final work! Next piece – maybe all in grey …..
The blurring of different life-forms continues in this work. I now see a wind flowing through the wood and its ‘other’/partner, moving branches and exposing an underlying being. There is what looks like a sunlit glade. Even if you have stared at and worked on a piece for an extended period you can surprise yourself looking at it later!