Today’s post run drawing. This one measures 15cm x 10.5cm (just like yesterday’s swimming drawing).
Today’s drawing/watercolor. I’m thinking about my swim early this morning.
Today’s drawing of my run. I think it’s getting closer to what I’m looking for than yesterday’s drawing, but I’m not sure about how the various elements relate to each other. It does help that this run was a loop; the previous run was point to point, and I think that’s part of what made yesterday’s drawing awkward.
While I don’t think this piece is really successful, it’s the first time I’ve been able to put together a lot of things I’ve wanted to deal with. I’ve wanted to integrate cycling and running into my work for years, but didn’t know how. In this piece, I’m using as reference the GPS metrics from a run, the map of the route, and a grid. The scale of the piece doesn’t feel quite right; the elements feel dwarfed by its size. After next run, I’ll try this again on a smaller surface.
Today’s enso in the soap box series.
I’m continuing this enso series working with the colors I chose yesterday: Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, and Quinacridone Gold. The various mixtures these three colors make remind me alternatively of bruising and of wine stains.
Here is the soap box this series lives in:
I’m starting a new series of ensos, this time in a square format. They fit in a soap box. (Picture to follow tomorrow.)
Yesterday’s accordion book made me think of making a double-sided book with both sides interacting together, and the viewer able to change the resulting compositions by closing, opening, or turning pages on either side. I thought of the Surrealists’ game of the “Exquisite Corpse” and children’s books with flaps of various heads, legs, and bodies that could be mixed and matched by flipping through the flaps. Since this little book (well, any artist’s book for that matter) should be handled and explored to be fully experienced, I thought the best way to show it in this context was by making a little film. After seeing the film, Tim thought the experience of going through the book was like a dance between both sides. Tim documented my little stage set up on the dining room table:
This project just didn’t work. I prepared a new series project and tore all the sheets for it, when I noticed these long strips of paper left over. I immediately thought of making accordion fold books with them. I separated the red ink line drawings on one side, and the watercolor on the other. Unfortunately each side really doesn’t work with the other or on its own. The piece isn’t engaging either if the “pages” are turned one by one. I thought of making a cover for this book and gluing the last two outer pages to it so that only glimpses of the red line could be seen underneath the watercolor side, but there is the wrong number of pages to make this work. One of the watercolor pages would have to be turned under, and the fold wouldn’t work either. This just isn’t a successful piece.
This week’s 10 cranes. Crane tally is 47.