Friday, 4 April 2014
A new piece called...
...which is the piece I began yesterday. It's smaller than Blue Tulip, about A5 or so, which is very small for my recent work. There are several reasons for this, not least being time and energy constraints. Also, as I'm making this piece for another self-imposed deadline, I'm aiming to complete it within a week if possible. I'm not going to rush the piece, but I'm making an extra huge effort to make every effort mean more, if you know what I mean.
About 12 or so years ago I began making a series of photographs of flowers and plants which I called 'Fuzzy flowers'. It was really then when I started using a digital camera with any seriousness. They're snapshots in a way, and I thought then that they combined the insignificant and transitory with the poetry of the fleeting, the poignant moment. They were fuzzy and out of focus, but I liked the quirkiness of the apparent throw away nature of these photographs, which was something that I would never have dared to do if it wasn't for the digital camera. I would never have had the money to take all those 'throw away' photographs and have them printed out on paper, and so I was free to indulge in recording my fuzzy, poignant, transient moments.
This new drawing is taken from a later incarnation of those fuzzy flowers. Here's day 2 of work in progress...
It so happened that I had problems with my printer yesterday, which insisted on spitting out, or refusing to swallow, any of the lovely shiny HP Premium Plus Photo Paper I'd bought. Turns out 300g is too thick for its little printer mouth. Then the printer got its revenge on me for trying to feed it over-thick paper by promptly running out of Tri Colour ink! So I improvised, and began making this drawing straight from my tablet screen.
After an awkward start I began to forget I was looking at a computer image (which does feel distinctly different to drawing from to a printed photograph) and I managed to make some progress.