Thursday, April 17, 2008

Textural Journal

It has been over a month since I last wrote. I have been working on some of the items I needed to make for my daughters wedding and then also creating things for the new baby. Won’t be long now, the wedding is in a month and the baby will be here when she is ready. Either late April or early May.

The pictures here are of my new textural journal. The idea around this journal comes from something an art professor told me over 20 years ago. In creating 100 drawings the first 25 are things you have already done, the second 25 are things you have already seen, the third 25 are things you have already thought about and the last 25 are new ideas. Since I don’t draw I am working on textures in small creations. Well I am not doing 100 at one time, but I wanted to give this idea a go. On March 1st I made a new journal in which I hand dyed and digitally printed 140 lb watercolor paper and made a dyed canvas cover. I then started doing 365 small compositions knowing that as I work through all these little texture ideas I will find some that I would like to do in larger work. The journal pages are around 9” x 10”.

Every day I work one small composition that corresponds with my forest surfaces work. When I skip a day I catch up. Today I am right on schedule, but last week I was behind 10. Since I started the journal I have created 3 new pieces that are new ideas for me. In the next week I will publish the 3 pieces and what I used to create each of them. For today I have published a few pages from the inside of the journal and the outside cover with a side look. The journal is quickly getting very wide. Some of the compositions are thick and most are more 3d then I usually work. In the midst of this yummy journal are some great ideas for a installation corner I will be creating in one of my upcoming shows.

So here is a look at my new textural journal. Stay tuned for the work that has been initiated from this project.

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