This mixed media work is finally finished. I enjoyed working on it, it is a bit different from the stuff I usually do or think about doing, and therefore I am even more content about the outcome. Sticking to same old (working/painting)-routine is something I dislike, from time to time there has to be a challenge, something new to wrap your mind around – the process can be tricky but usually rewarding as such.
so this is another piece of work in progress while “space jungle” is propped up at the easle to look at and contemplate how to go on… This one – working title “color puzzle”- is another one of those upcycled ones put away and pulled up again, somehow that seems to fit my mood these days and trigger my flow. And I still am fond of layering. Well, we´ll see how this one progresses…I do like to have two or more artsy projects in the making to get inspired by one when working on the other, and to combat getting stuck alltogether (which usually happens at one point).
I´ve been working on some collages again, the work in blue tones with the mighty eagle was a present to be used as a cover for a calendar / agenda (which was well received). For this work, I used all kinds of paper with as much structure I could get my hands on, and obviously also some scraps from newspapers / magazines that somehow fittet in the composition I had in mind. For glueing, I used some acrylic binder which gave the overall work a nice rough “DIY” feeling.
The other two are some simple journals I buy & use regularily. I made a habit of putting some colour on those dull covers.
Well, that´s what I called my latest, now completed DIY-project, a meditation pouf (or cussion). Being quite wound up lately, I decided to give Zen meditation another try, to calm my always-busy mind. Simply buying a meditation cussion would be waaaay too easy = boring, so I quickly took stock of the stuff I had handy, saw I had everything I needed to sew such a thing (not surprising), ordered some filling (some kind of spelt wheat) and here is the result:
It is very comfy, its top and bottom is made of soft felt material and the colourfully printed fabric is from Singapore (I still have some of it left, its gorgeous) – it looks nice and the filling reminds me of something I find VERY calming and nice: horses munching their oats ;-). If you are a horse-friend like me and have experienced how absolutely wonderfully calming horses can be while dozing or munching , the fabulous smell of hay and straw and grain in a stable, you might understand why this filling adds perfectly to the oblivion I am working towards in the next months ;-). It sure will be a huge challenge for me to just sit still for some time and NOT think, just breathe…but I am absolutely willing to give it a thorough go.
Here´s a glimpse of a work-in-progress, “Dougal” ready to go hunting stag…well, not ready yet but in a while. I´m using the softer SuperSculpey lately and mix it occasionally with the firmer grey stuff, gives you a nice Zombie-colour but a good consistency for the tiny tiny detailled parts
Hiya, how are you, dear readers?
Here is the covenient writer´s desk of George, the “nerdy” one of the two brothers who founded Faunia.
It has a hinged lid – and I surely would not mind to have such a practical and nice piece of furniture in my studio as well;-)
By the way – it´s the first furniture-prop I made from wood, and the tiny book is another “first time try” – I had a great time making those two pieces 😉
And this is my “working” space where all my ideas come to life.
Dull, eh ? 😉
Right there in the middle on my desk you can see a greyish blob – that´s a new piece of work-in-progress of my ongoing “Scottish Sculpture Series” – a grim Scotsman (Dougal McKenzie of the fantastic Outlander-World) with his brave deerhound (any idea for a really nice Scottish dog name?? Hamish? Graeme?). Do I have any Scottish followers with some inspiration in that regard???
That piece of work will be named “Hunting Stag”. And yes – of course I will return to Faunia, but my heart&mind are still stuck in Scotland and enjoy my “holidays” there tremendously.
..when I feel stuck and do not seem to be able to do some “serious” art, I buy myself some very cheap notepads and turn them into some wild-fantasy-artsy-colourful-crazy-childish-fun journals I will then fill with my thoroughly intelligent and insightful thoughts. Like – what I want to accomplish within this fresh new year, for instance being more open-minded and focused, more forgiving and heartfelt friendlier – to others and myself, more committed (to whatever), more intellectual and well-read, more creative and innovative, healthier and stronger, slender and fit, more beautiful and….bloody hell, I´m almost starting to believe this ;-). No really, don´t we all tend to plan a bit too much and are a bit too hard on ourselves?
Just always want to be “more”…? Like…perfect?
My plan is to keep the “more” on a tight leash.
And as I know myself, that will be a hell of a job.
I hope your new year started well. Over here in the Northwest of Germany, we finally got some wonderful crunchy snow which I thoroughly enjoyed. Keep warm.
A belated very happy and successful new year to all of you, dear readers!