Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Room of Requirement

The artist's studio is their workspace. Their workroom. Their place of study. That space is sacred. My space is small. It is somewhat shared space. The workhorse computer is in there and is sometimes accessed by others in the family. It is my cat Oscar's favourite space.
He is often beside me as I work. He gets the most comfortable chair in the studio, and has a way of getting me to move off of it if he wants a nap. It is my library. I am surrounded by books that I love and reach for on a daily basis. It contains precious tools. Ones that I reach for every day, care for and depend upon. It is quiet. I can shut out the world here and become engrossed in my work. There are times when it is a battleground as I struggle with messes I have neglected to clean up or a task list that is too big to tackle. It has seen my greatest artistic achievements and my greatest failures. It is where the muse lives and I am grateful for this little space.I never apologize for the condition it might be left in if I am called away from it. For Hogwarts people...this is my room of requirement. Today I was up at 4 AM with an eagerness to tidy the space and get it prepared for the next project. I found the results of this weekend's work still strewn on the desk. Play pages of Vertical Script writing that loosened up my hand before I worked on a commission.
My journal opened to a page of favourite quotes.
A stack of books I looked at this week just for fun...just to draw me to a different place. Walter Crane's The Old Garden,
Irene Wellington's More Than Fine Writing
and Russian Lacquer Legends and Fairy Tales.
"" This is a place of creative incubation. At first, you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen." Joseph Campbell

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Gently Does It

Busy weekend. So thankful for an abundance of work. I spent most of the day working on this small gilded piece. I encountered some obstacles with it. My original design was lettered in a dense black ink. I felt that the lettering was too harsh for the gentle quote. I defaulted to my favourite McCaffery brown and used a split nib to tone down the lettering. This piece is gilded with 23K gold leaf. I used instacoll for the capital T and miniatum ink for the gold throughought the flourish. I was nervous about the instacoll but it worked and shone brilliantly when the gold was burnished. Swarovski crystals are embedded throughout the piece. On its way to its new home.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hoping for Spring

The calender is into March but snow abounds!!! I took a little time out to work on this wingless cherub. Experimenting with glues to adhere the Swarovski crystals. Beacon's Gem Tac seems to be working well. This design went from sketch stage to inking with McCaffery brown.
It was then gilded with 23 K Czech gold leaf and embellished with watercolor.
Miniatum ink still proving to be a favorite in my studio. A delight to work on and a breath of Spring for me on a dismal day.