Stepping back, standing back, I am able to play with the combinations of pattern and colour. Placing them together, sorting and shuffling frees up my mind, my preconceptions of what this challenge is about and in doing so I see my natural tendencies. Like human mathematics I have a preference for dimensions so much so that edges in paintings worked on intuitively begin to line up. It's fascinating stuff.
My subjects for the 100 Artworks Challenge are vessels, fragments of domesticity and I'm wondering why when I fill the odd one with food it feels quite out of place. I soon realise this series is about comfort not food. It's is about creating containers about fragments and edges and placement of objects. It offers the viewer the freedom to fill each container with their own stuff, their dreams. These are incomplete fragments, hinting, evoking their memories as much as mine.
I'm wondering if there's something about my time of life that is part of all this, my mother now gone, my children almost moving out. Maybe my desire is to recall the familiar used in my childhood as well as create gifts for my girls and their friends as they begin to leave home. A passing through the passage of time. Vessels to be filled, homes to be created, vessels to be used, containers for new life, without knowing what that life is, where it will be, where it will lead. Curious stuff to ponder as I paint. Sweet thoughts of comfort from heart to home.
It's been a great week and what I'm really enjoying is working inside as the weather changes. It's a commitment to self that I've needed, a task to be completed but in my own way, on my own terms, as long as it takes me. I am letting go of this series being related to season and allowing them to simply be how I want them to be. It's a rewarding experience.
Leading into the next week, I prepare by getting more bases ready, coating them with gesso. There is work to be done and I am ready.
In time I will create a space to display all the works from this challenge, but if any paintings catches your eye that you'd like to buy or put one reserve, let me know by email email@example.com.
Thanks as always for visiting.