Each month someone "presents" a new idea, technique, topic ... something we might incorporate in future work (or not). My difficulty is in trying to think of something that might interest this wonderful group of talented women.
So ... NSCCD (Nova Scotia Centre for Crafts & Design) offers a variety of short classes on evenings and/or weekends. Last weekend I tried one of the classes: "Mixed Media". I have discovered that I am a 'structured artist' ... I can't create a piece without having some idea of the outcome (I can do this when I am writing fiction but not when I am working on a visual arts piece). Telling me to 'draw something' doesn't work so well.
The first bit we did was called "sgrafitto" ... an Italian word that basically means 'scratching' .. as in scratching off the top level of paint do create a picture or design.
The 2nd day was about collage ... although several people 'pasted' down a variety of paper pieces to create an abstract form and then painted over parts of it, I stuck with creating a 'picture'. I really tried to be a little more free-flowing, ... it is difficult to go out of one's comfort zone!! ha ha
Oh well, it is something new and not likely something I will incorporate in my current work nor something I think is worthwhile to try out with our fibre arts group.
Back to something I enjoy.
I saw a picture in the news in January that would work well in my Transitions series. I immediately went to the site where the picture was taken (well, not immediately since it was January cold, but within a few days). I managed to get a similar picture but the crane was not in the position that I wanted. I contacted the original photographer and got permission to use his picture for my art piece.
Here is my work in progress: Clock on Citadel Hill in Halifax NS