Since the New Year, as mentioned in my previous post Cold feet… midwinter motivation I’ve been working on a series of small artworks on the theme of winter weather for an exhibition at Babylon Arts in Ely, Cambridgeshire. There was a call for artists and I was delighted to have my proposal selected for this commission. I can’t say (or show) too much of my artwork until the gallery themselves announce and promote the show later this month.
However, I’ll carry on posting the workbook warmups from the studio that I create in between the artworks and occasionally a few small details from the works themselves to whet your appetites. I’ve been having a great time playing with acrylic inks, staining and scribbling on tissue papers and other materials and media, and in the process have discovered new effects and techniques – one of the bonuses of being out of your comfort zone (my first public commission) and using new surfaces and media.
The above are small details from some of the works in progress. So far I have more works underway than I need for the commission, which I’m pleased about as it gives me room to select the ones that work best. The work has been going very well over the past few weeks, considering the battle to warm up the studio. This has given me room to breathe, step back, and live with them for a while before I decide that’s it and I get down to the finishing touches, varnishing etc.
I’ve noticed the importance of warming up in the workbook in the stalled pauses between work on the actual artworks. The temptation has been to keep working on them, but making myself stop and play (with similar materials) where it ‘doesn’t matter’, often results in a discovery of useful techniques and effects, and a loosening up of my creative muscles!
I’m really excited about how it’s going and can’t wait to see them displayed together (and to show you the results!).