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Sep 23, 2012

Hours, new collage series, wip

For the last few weeks, I've been mostly drawing. I've drawn five different poses of the female figure. Out of those five, I redrew and reworked four of them.   Previously, someone asked if I work from live models.  For my current series, I've been working from photos of a live model.

hours sketch
Hours, pencil on paper,  9.18.2012


Everday, I'd toss each pose round in my head, trying to envision how the pose would work as a painting. I'd go to sleep each night thinking about the poses, and ideas would come to me. I had a vague idea but nothing clearly defined. So the process of drawing and redrawing continued through this week.

hours I line drawing
Hours,  pen drawing on paper

Last week, I also started collecting bits of fallen life that I'd found along the trails when we were hiking. I've got pine cones, bark, moss, leaves, and fern fronds sitting on my desk.

bark, fern frond, pine cone and leaves
materials for monoprinting


And then it happened. Those previous ideas and all the odds and bits I'd collected on my hikes gelled together in my head, and I set to work on a "feeling".

hours II detail
monoprint leaf with acrylics on rice paper

I took out my handmade rice paper that I purchased before leaving Japan, and cut several pieces to a 9 x 12 size. Then I got out my sheet of plexiglass for monoprinting and began. I felt like the child in the sandbox building a sandcastle. Playing with purpose.

hours I collage drawing wip
Hours I, monoprint rice paper collage on 140.lb paper, wip


I chose "Hours" as the name for this latest series based on the Greek myth of Horae who were the personification of the seasons in nature. Hours I, shown above, is almost finished. There are some details that I want to refine on the lower half of the collage.

I'll write more about the materials I used in my next blog post. I was chasing a feeling so I only got one photo of this series as a wip.

What have you been up to this past week?

7 comments:

Frances Traina said...

great post... I like this monoprint very much, the colors are lovely!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

wow this is lovely... the photo of the dropped life is stunning in its own right, and the figure drawing is lovely... I look forward to seeing more in this series...xx

Tammie Lee said...

how wonderful
i loved the evolution of this piece
how your followed your spirit
let it unfold
feeling your way to this last piece

Alexandra said...

This sketch is really amazing. I really wish I had the raw talent you hold for sketching people. I also really like the leaf print/s you added as well. Thank you for sharing with us this week.

Tracy said...

I love how you've incorporated the leaf motif with the figure...the combination of life expressed as well the pure shapes, textures and colors is very exciting! I've been playing with leaves too. And lately bought a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate--my new baby. ;o) Hope to share more on that soon. Great to catch up with you! I've been offline a few days having some fun, just now surfacing! :o) Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

Jo Murray said...

I've enjoyed reading about the process. The results are lovely.

Zena said...

Great post, amazing collage

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