I’ve been folding paper since I was a child. It has always been a mindful activity that brings me peace. Today is world kindness day, so I want to share peace and kindness with you as I fold this crane.
My heart breaks each time I hear the news these days, and as an artist, we sometimes question the validity of what we do in times of crisis. But after years of thinking about this, I know that what artists do is essential to humankind. We open up conversations and connections between people who may never meet. And today in a small quiet way, I am sending peace, love, and kindness to the world. Paper folding is a prayer for peace.
Last night we shot the process of painting a series of small works on paper. Working on this particular set of paintings is a meditative process. While I work on pieces like these, I focus and get into a “zone” if you will. For these paintings I used a very limited palette and improvised. During this process I am looking at composition – the way the marks of paint, ink, and graphite interact with each other and the space around them. Elements such as how light or dark a mark is against another mark, the speed of brush marks, the direction in which I pull the brush, all these aspects come into play in the finished piece. I enjoy how paired down this process is – I’m not working with an image or a plan in mind. This is a truly meditative process during which I am 100% focused – all superfluous thoughts fall away. For me, this is the essence of painting and it ties into being in tune with nature. This sense of being in the “zone” or at one with a process is similar to the feeling I get when I am riding my bike or running hard – when all the extraneous noise falls away, and the experience of moving through space becomes the only thing that matters at that very moment.
This week’s ten cranes. The total is 211.
10 more tiny cranes to add to the collection. The current tally is 201.
I found some tiny sheets of very pretty paper today. Happiness! So here are 10 more cranes to add to the bunch. 191 total now
Ten cranes closer to 1000. The crane total is now 181.
It was nice to shut off my brain and just repeat the same motions over and over to make my 10 cranes today. The tally is 171.
11 more cranes on the way to 1000… The tally is 161.
10 more cranes- The tally is 150!
Each piece is 50x50mm, and there are 50 pieces in total.
This is the final piece from the 50x50x50 series! Here is the completed series: