Respect my work. Everything shared here is original , and holds personal value. Contact me if you wish to use or publish/pin my words or images. Context is so important to me. Thank you for understanding.
(right click the above mail thingy to copy email address)
85 posts categorized "doodles and drawings (joodlehill)"
Reconsidering Spaced out as a base for space then.
Working with one of those dyed bases here. And the nine from here. For now. Thinking about creating a pieced version of this base idea as well. And then maybe some other ways, there might be so many. I like this version of space. Divided by what is, a sense of order floating in it. Instead of harem cloth I used a small cotton print behind the thin dyed cloth. For the stabilizing layer. I like starry effect, blurred, like in a fog. There are many ways to play with this format. There is the center, the sense of windows, the spaces in between. Connecting the squares like dots, horizontally, vertically. All ways like a star. Well, shall we?
Note to self: A base, the field of space we choose to work within gives context to the story unfolding. Or sometimes the context can be the whole story. A not so blank slate. A welcome mat. Oh ha. I'm back!
Yesterday wood was stacked and we worked very hard.
I slept late and I feel lazy. It rained for a while and the sun came out and lit up the patch of tall fire grass in the front yard. And it became like a sun itself.
I just did it again. Without looking at the previous storming. Simple starting. It felt a bit like grade school.
I came away with a few things.
I stayed with little doodles. Not compositions just simple pictures. Little symbols. And I wrote in script, so I could feel the writing part. The connecting. And I realized it has been a while since I wrote in script. It even felt awkward. Like grade school. I made a note to self about that. How it has almost gone out of style to write. I'll do it more. PDF
I think the radiating is the most common way sun is symbolized. This is good. Because I associate sun with center. And I can develop this imagery along side an on going theme I have for holding center and vibrating outward. Yes. I have not connected sun to that before.
When I first ran this class it was more about composing work using sun moon and stars as a theme. I am thinking now, as I gather ideas once again that it might be a bit different for me this time. At least as I begin. I might just explore the ideas in some sort of sampler format. In some basic way. At this point I have a renewed interest in the language of personal symbols. How they are components of creative voice.
I grew Japanese Indigo from seed. The deer have nibbled it all summer long, but it just bushed back and really it was enough for a fresh leaf vat. Or 2. I've no intention of teaching indigo dyeing here. There is so much out there on the internet. I will put some links on my New Resource Page (putting that together today) which I will rebuild as I go now. I've been thinking about information in the information age. How really, if you spend the time, you can find what need to know. Facts, Techniques. Tutorials.
But Ideas. Ideas. The thing that interests me most. Ideas are the elusive things for most of us. The things that might grow forth from what we learn.
I do not look at an Idea as a static thing. An Idea is liquid in a sense that it is part of an ongoing process. It seems to exist on it's own. As if you can find it, keep it, copy it, (steal it even) however you are driven to "get" it. That can be some kind of beginning, but on a personal level it is so empty. You are a unique filter and as things move through you as a result of understanding, awareness, or activity, new form emerges. From new thought. Although thoughts might be similar, and seem the same, no one has ever thought your thoughts. The key is to find and respect them, let them out. Sometimes that is as simple as not tinkering with them too much. That's why doodling and brainstorming are so valuable. Do them as if no one will ever know. Don't judge them or shape them. Just be the filter. So you can let them though.
New Note to self: Thoughts are like dreams till you catch them.
I pulled together some old photos using words, writing. Because yesterday's adventure got me thinking. About words and image.
But then that script caught my eye. How writing strings things together.
This is the Loose Page process in action, so let me talk about that a bit.
My goal in these exercises in not to create art, my goal is to keep my thoughts liquid. Flowing. Moving through me. And the teaching here...
to discover and share what moves through me and encourage the same in others.
Geez. I think I finally wrote a mission statement!
I'll talk about these components later, individually. The making of them and evolution of components as personal symbols. I'll also put a few of these Threadcrumbs in the shop. To share. See how different they might become.