Thursday, March 12, 2009
on art, and fasting
sorry for all the food talk during the fast. My friend over at mudspice included a link to a site called "nineteen days". Its beautiful and inspirational. I find not fasting, with a family and a husband who is, just as precious. March is such a gift after February. We've even had days with all the windows open...and at moments it smells like spring! (oh, if you didnt know, Baha'is fast for 19 days from sun rise to sunset, every year... more info here...)
OK, to change the subject, here is the painting.
Its bigger. Its a different sort of style I was experimenting with. I like the way it looks like a wood cut. I love wood cut...did I mention my major in school was printmaking? I miss it so, and, well, this is a homage to it.
So, I did this painting and there are things I really like about it, but found I am moving quite far from the feel if the little paintings I was doing - and there is something there that I want to really soak in... you know, just delve into.
I started this project with some really stringent constraints. Uniform studio talks about that in her post about a painting she did with her kid. Its sort of a thing us architects love...the more constraints the more creative we can be.
Anyways, this series was based on a series of simple ideas I had sketched. I was to use only earthy colours, and simple compositions. I wanted the content and subject to be united, and to evoke a feeling of history, nostalgia, and mystery of the unknown future.
but now I am finding there's not enough constraints! So many directions and options! Its all so exciting. I feel I could spend my entire life exploring just one painting, one colour, one idea...sigh.
Oh "Art"... Thou art so...