I am a Renaissance woman in more ways than one. The past 3 years and in particular the past twelve months have been explosive and I’ve discovered things about myself that I had no idea were a part of me.
One of the most interesting discoveries has been the fact that I’m an artist in addition to being a writer, a business woman, and most importantly a mom. I’ve been posting pictures of my projects and experiences throughout the year.
It still boggles my mind to think that I dipped my toe into the proverbial water and took a drawing class less than a year ago. Since then I’ve taken 3 more drawing classes, a print making workshop, and I learned how to make paper.
In the past months I’ve discovered that I have a passion for working in ink. For anyone who knows me, this is completely counter – intuitive. I’m a perfectionist, if there’s a chance that it won’t turn out right; I’m more inclined to not even start than to make a mistake. So ink, particularly on my hand made paper seems like it would be an unlikely creative outlet.
Earlier this fall, I combined various things that I’d learned and I created my very first book.
This started out as a drawing and turned into something quite different – I changed course along the way a few times – the biggest being that I cut all of the edges off of the cover and made the edges of the ‘book’ uneven and well – like the edge of a forest.
I finished my last class of the year a few weeks ago. As our last project Anne had us create an abstract drawing using a most unusual approach. The process will be a separate post, but the outcome was quite intriguing.
True to form, I didn’t finish it during class time and it took me more than a few sessions to complete this drawing in ink, water color pencil, and a bit of white charcoal. I can’t describe it, but this drawing unlocked something within me.
A few weeks ago, I started drawing a trilogy. Only I didn’t know it at the time. I sifted through my stack of hand-made paper from the summer. I held a thin piece of paper made from flax up to the light.
I saw crinkles and creases. I also saw trees and teardrops. It was as if my pen had a mind of it’s own as I began to trace along the creases and crevices to create patterns and mystique.
After I finished it I sorted through my paper and found another piece with similar imperfections. Too thin to write on, too many creases to be of value, but just right to create on.
I found one more piece of perfectly imperfect paper in my stack, refreshed my paintbrush water and let my imagination do the work.
Who would have imagined that I had exactly three pieces of paper that were equal in their imperfections and in their potential for beauty?