I've managed to photograph some of the work I did in my Eclectic Thought art class last weekend. The class was aptly named. After struggling the first day trying to sort out what I should work on a friend mentioned that this instructor usually asks that students complete three pieces. Needing some sort of direction, I latched onto this. I didn't know what I'd do but I committed to myself to complete three pieces. In the end I nearly completed two and have a good start on a third and left with my brain brimming over with ideas.
Images from the sketchbook I kept in class.
This last image are the ideas for the third piece I'll be trying to finish this week.
The first book developed without any sort of plan. I've never worked without a plan and I think it was an important step.
When the book was nearing completion, I'd felt it was looking too "tidy" and I thougth it needed some darkness and chaos so I was considering adding ink. I was conflicted about it though as I didn't want to "ruin" what I'd done. Hearing this, the instructor challenged me to pour ink on and then respond to whatever happened. It was precisely what was necessary on many levels.
The second book was in response to an exercise to list 10 ways to draw. I considered only applying a pen or pencil to paper to be drawing. It isn't something I'm practiced at and I haven't enjoyed drawing in this way. In just a day I realized how I'd limited my ideas to the conventional. This little book is a record of 10 ways to draw. Here are a few of my favorites.
embossing & scorching
rubbing & drawing with wire
I couldn't be happier with the outcomes of this workshop. I've taken classes to learn techniques. I don't enjoy completing projects that are designed by other people. I have never completed a project as designed by someone else. This is the the most productive I've been in a class and I think it's because the focus was not on a project or learning technique. It was taking my own work to another level and not being attached to outcome. I understand now why it's so important not to fall in love with what I'm working on. That attachment keeps me from pushing through, from responding to what's happening in a piece. In effect, the work doesn't realize it's full potential and neither do I because I've stopped the flow. The challenge will be to remember this, especially when I'm frustrated.