Life has been very busy and time for creativity severely curtailed. Some progress does continue to be made each week, but nothing especially worthy of comment and things have been rather silent.
After my exhibition late last year, exploring detail in Australia's High Country, it was time to re-start, with a new theme. Although I have touched on aspects of our coastline before, I wanted to examine the intricacies of "By the Sea" in more detail, so the new theme was born.
Everyone approaches creativity differently. Some explore through interrelated works and others have one off, bright ideas. Probably because of my Strategic Planning background and my very nature, I have a very organised approach, which seems to have become even more organised as time passes. It involves choosing a theme or topic and then creating a body of work based on that theme over a period of two years and culminating in a solo exhibition.
After two years of absorption and exploration of the detail of one aspect of nature, I always find it hard to get started on the new theme. For me, it involves firstly a lot of research and photograph taking, followed by a flurry of sketching in my visual diary. Once this is done I can get a good idea of particular things in my theme that appeal to me and which I want to pursue further in art works as well as the medium I would choose for each. I can’t say that I decide on every single painting, print and drawing at this stage, but it motivates me to begin and things evolve along the way.
I’m at that stage now. I took many photos during solitary early morning walks while on a week’s beach holiday in January and added those to my folder of existing “beach photo” references. There is seaweed, sand patterns, driftwood, shells and all sorts of grasses and greenery. I have drawn and drawn in my visual diary and now I have begun on a series of collagraph plates and made rough drafts for a series of HB pencil drawings, which I am slowly developing up.
So “art time” is slowly returning to normal.