The holiday season is my time for reflection and clearing out cobwebs.
While sifting through my online images, I was pleased to find this blog entry by a poet who was inspired to write a poem based on one of my pictures during the exhibit in Hickory NC last summer. Here’s the link.
Linda, my exhibit partner, and I are now thinking about how we could collaborate with written word artists in the future.
I’ve been working on my coloring calendar. It’s somewhat humbling, because I’m a better draftsperson than colorist, and I tend to favor black. I know of five friends who are madly coloring away, and I hope to have an on-line exhibit in the near future, just because the versions are all going to be so creatively different.
Here (above) are an image from The Obidian Interval, my illuminated novel, and another of fantastic critters.
For the month of January, I have a tiny blank book (1 ½ by 3 inches, 40 pages) that I work in each day, aiming to finish in time for an exhibit at Surface Gallery in Charleston SC the beginning of February. Thirty nine artists plan to exhibit, and each one’s book will be entirely different from all the others.
Here’s the start to my book (above). As an exercise, I am using only negative-space cut outs from my Tyvek paper cuts. The book will be called “Black Thoughts.”
I am also starting a new series of papercuts. After living in the Lowcountry for over 20 years, I have finally discovered the barrier islands as a source of inspiration, primarily because of Edgar Allan Poe.
I work from photographs, my memories of many many trips to the beach at Sullivan’s Island, and also my fantasy that Edgar Allan Poe and some of his characters are lurking there, somewhere, during the “off” months.
A beachcomber and one of the dogs, above, also appear in my narrative papercut, “The Gold Bug.” For some reason this is satisfying to me.