Rainbows, contraptions & negative space
When the goal is huge, the magic happens when you let go of controlling the finished work and focus on the MAKING. You will not get to the finish line without making consistent progress. Focusing on the process, the idea generation, that takes the emotional weight of creating "the perfect outcome" - like that is thrown out of the equation. The goal isn’t 365 perfect somethings! I feel like there needs to be a component of chance + serendipity + accidental intersections.
The 365 Somethings Project is a quantitative goal to create 365 of something in a calendar year… a project with Hanna Andersson. If you’re pondering your own unique 365 project, I have resources, lessons learned, and starting points here!
To discover the WONDERFULNESS of doing a daily art project, start with 31+ Notes on 186 Cards in 31 Days.
An assortment from 365 inked Abstracts #243-289
There were 8 rainbows inked in this batch; I taped blank cards together and created them all at once, enjoying the luxurious imperfections and chance differences and intersections. This is one of the things where ink can be absolutely decadent - so very expressive - pulling from one color to the next, with feathering and flowing and blending and blurring that is other-worldly.
I don’t know when or where the contraptions began - definitely over a year ago - but I would really need to visually search my archives. There are a bunch of motifs that float in my head and then when I draw them, they change and morph into other things. These are all at once vehicles, contraptions, houses, structures, factories, rainbow-making-machines, casitas, huts, but also roosters and elephants too. One of these is called “bizarre bazaar” and another “love shack” and yet another looks like a squirrel riding a moped. Plus one is a medallion or a medal but also a tea pot.
These are a little more wildly organic and flowy than the structures - yet still feel like structures to me — more like maps or the bird’s-eye-view of a living room or a hotel lobby or a cottage garden. I especially LOVE the purple pink one to the above right.
And next… a 12-card mini-series where I explored positive & negative space using thread to draw lines and abstract shapes that divide areas of ink. Fun maneuvering… free-motion stitching on a tiny card!
And finally… a 4-card series where I channeled theoretical quilting patterns via free-motion stitching. Practice, practice, practice.