Wednesday, September 17, 2014

studio table

art tables after a day of collage

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.
― Friedrich Nietzsche

I have two art tables. One is for standing and the other is for sitting. The photo above was taken when I was deep into that day's collage, so both tables are covered with art supplies.

Whenever I work on a collage, various art supplies end up on my art tables: papers, book pages, linocut stamps, paints, pens. You name it, and I'm probably digging it out from a drawer or shelf.

Eventually, I run out of space on the tables, and I end up working on the collage in a space equivalent to a sheet of paper.

Other times, if I am working on a sumi ink painting or doing a linocut, the tables stay pretty neat and organized.

For the collage of this little bird, I used a stencil, sumi ink and acrylics for the background. The birds wings are a collage of papers from various books, washi, and painted tissue paper. The leaves are monoprints of dried leaves on tissue paper.

bird collage, 6 inches x 8 inches

I am joining Seth for his blog hop of messy studio tables.  Visit his blog to see more messy art studio tables.

also joining Alexandra's sunday sketches

Saturday, September 6, 2014


september left hand drawing
hand, pencil drawing

So do they go, those shining creatures, counting without confusion,
And holding in their slow, immeasurable gaze all the transactions
Of all the particles, item by atom, while the pyramids stand still
In the desert and the deermouse huddles in his hole and the rain falls
Piercing the skin of the pool with water in water and making a million
And a million designs to be pleasingly latticed and laced and interfused
And mirrored to the lord of everything that is by one and one and one.
excerpt from Angel and Stone by Howard Nemerov

Today was a great day for being outdoors. I rode my Surly to the outdoor market on this beautifully warm late summer day, bought some local vegies and fruit, and returned home.

Feeling rejuvenated, I made some tea and sat at my art table. This afternoon I experimented in my ledger journal with different mediums, trying to figure out which one felt right for this hand drawing. I finally realised that pencil was best and redrew it on a page from a vintage travel journal.

wishing everyone a good weekend
joining sunday sketches
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