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Foundations


Foundations
Photos by VickyTH.

Strange how aptly named this photo is. Not only is it of the foundations of a church (click on the photo for more information), but is also the basis for the first of my pieces for next year’s show.

I’ve got the layout of the background basically done and am now working on the foreground and columns. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a digicam soon and take some “in-progress” photos.

Generally I don’t really work from photos, but I do use them as a memory aid when trying to nail down details of people, places or things. More often than not, I’ll take a camera as well as a sketch book when I go image hunting and use some composite of the two. Photos are less time-consuming than sketches for detail-recording, though sketches are better for manipulating the details and jotting down ideas for mood, colour variations and perspective.

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I know it’s been said before and I know it’ll be said again, but why, oh why does anyone ever CHOOSE a flexible schedule? And, let’s be realistic here, how much work really gets done. I don’t know what it is, but either some minor catastrophe needs dealing with (i.e. dog barf, waterbowl knocked over, washing machine unbalanced, skinned knee, etc.), someone phones, an event gets planned for times when I can actually work (i.e. evenings and weekends) or something else knocks work out of the water.

Realistically, I can’t blame people for scheduling things on evenings and weekends. Most normal people have a bit of free time then. And I can’t blame people for phoning. If I didn’t want them to, I shouldn’t have a phone. What gets my large, hairy goat is when people get ticked that I don’t answer the phone (that’s WHY I have a machine) or seem offended when I tell them I can’t talk.

Frankly, being able to procrastinate about work is one of my own personal albatrosses anyway. I don’t need help.

Rant, rant, rant……

So having killed ten minutes on the computer, I’m going to get cracking on my ornaments and the hanging thingies Laurie and I are making for the show.

Hanging thingies is perhaps too vague a term. They’ll be more like tubular hanging lanterns, made out of sheer materials, with landscapes around them. We’re dithering on lighting them from inside, but that can be hashed out later. The one I’m thinking on now is made primarily of organza with layers of tulle and organza for clouds, metallic stitching for details and possibly beads. Not sure how paint will stick to organza, but we shall see……

The photo posted here was actually part of the inspiration for the lanterns in my mind – hanging columns of sunshine and shadow symbolising transitions between ideas. I must say, Flickr is really helping my level of inspiration. I’m sorting through more ideas now than I have in weeks…..

Need more coffee.

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stones
Originally uploaded by Vicky & John.

Right. So I’m committing myself to doing yet another THING regularly. I’m certifiable.

Actually, my initial thought was to use this blog to document “The Creative Process” of the next year, as I get things ready for the gallery show in October of 2006. Of course, what it will probably turn into is me grousing about all the other things in my life that seem to get in the way of getting ready for that show. Sigh.

I HAVE made a good start. Really. I have most of the ideas hammered out. Sketches drawn. A couple of pieces half-finished. Lots of good intentions. Plenty of material upon which to draw.

Wish this ruddy rain would let up. Four dogs and a toddler stuck inside during a downpour is no joke.

I need a digital camera. I’ve decided to bite the bullet. First I have to find the money to buy the bullet, but when I do, I’ll bite it.

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