2017 Creative Challenge: Revealing My Process
My process intentionally wanders from photograph, to drawing, to collage, to assembled sculpture. The various combinations of methods, practiced over years, inspires invention and curiosity each time I step into the studio. It keeps me coming back for more.
For 2017 I will be creating 24 pieces of art: twelve drawings and twelve mixed media sculptures. I will be sharing how I make these pieces through video (scroll to the bottom of this page) and photographs. These will show my process from inspiration, to drawing, to digital composition, to mixed media assemblage.
Inspired by the soaring wood storks above me this time of year, I have captured them in a graphite drawing and then translated it to a mixed media piece by layering imagery from an antique anatomy textbook, and adding glass vials with feather and thread on a map covered wood panel. Epoxy resin seals and completes the piece.
The seagulls fly over the James Island connector every morning as I drive to work. They must be following the sunlit river under the bridge. It’s a great way to start my day. Gold leaf was added to the graphite drawing to represent the river. The mixed media piece on the right incorporates an graphic image of the brain overlaid with gold leaf and finished with a layer of epoxy resin. My drawing of the seagulls is one of the image transfer layers beneath the brain.
On a recent kayak trip down Seaside Creek I spotted a lone great blue heron in complete stillness. I have seen these birds throughout the US but often see them fishing in the marshes in my community. Drawing and mixed media piece will be posted soon.
A female cardinal was furiously pecking at our windows this month for fear that her reflection was a threat. I sat and drew her flipping about in my window for several days. I then saw her being fed sweetly by her mate. The mixed media piece incorporates an image transfer from an antique German anatomy textbook, a copy/transfer of my original drawing, light molding paste spread through a radial shaped stencil (look close for this detail), on a map covered wood panel.