Time to get some of the bulk out in order to begin posting just one post a day. Not that I have any sanctions on myself flooding my own blog, it's just a bit laughably overwhelming trying to fit the multitude of pictures into this lil box. Anyways, moving on from the apologetic intro..
For my art and the development of ideas, my notebook is invaluable. I try not to treat it like a scrapbook, but a place to put the muddle of concepts into some sort of order. I include text, images that inspire me (obviously relevant to whatever topic or image I'm working on), paint samples, fabric samples, sketches, even lyrics, etc. It's become a diary for me - not laden with trivialities but composed *in the loosest sense of the word* to be reflective of how I artistically perceive a concept or even an interest poem or headline.
And the bulkier and more diverse it gets, the better..
This shows different part of the piano I sketched, photographed etc. Sketches of the piano keys on the left, on the top of that page is a print I did of the key in the keyhole. On the right is a painting of detail of the key, a black and white photo of peeling wood from the piano after I left it out in the snow. I love the photo beneath this, the way the wood cracked and splintered around the keyhole.
Detail of the key print. The print was done by etching thick acetate with an etching scribe, the etching was then inked and put through printing press. Print is one of my favourite mediums.(Except lino print.. grrrrr)
I've done a lot of notebook work on the piano and found that drawing on blank sheet music is a nice touch.
This page shows a basic painting of a concept I want to use for a painting or maybe even a sculpture if I can get my hands on an old, free piano again :P
Sculpture is something I'd definitely like to try experimenting with for this project.
The rest of the notebook pages below show some of the many pages I've devoted to my piano ideas, including the preparation page for my rose and piano key painting (yet to be titled).
When exploring the decaying of the piano, I became a bit fascinated with the idea that the aging of a building, or anything really, can not only cause decay but overgrowth. As if something neglected, abandoned and left to the slow, creeping tides of nature can become a habitat for growth. There are unused, quite old greenhouses in the Botanic Gardens that have been taken over by vines and ivy, the paint is being eroded away by raindrops and frost that seeped into it's skeleton from the past winter. There's an audible arthritic hum surrounding and resounding from its swollen, sealed doors. The pond, now drained of it's former denizens, seems to overflow with crawling greenery, ebbing a path against gravity, coiling itself around pipes and support beams. Shutting out the window view. Eating the fragile building. Taking it back.
These pages are from my preparation of the rose and keys painting.
Below are some other prints I've done..
A picture was taken of me playing a lovely grand piano in Waltons so I used it as part of my work on piano. *I'm still determined to get my Hello Kitty grand piano if it's the last thing I do..*
The etching for this print was done with a photo I took of the inside of my piano, this shows the strings and the knuts that hold the strings, I enjoyed trying to caprtue the grain of the wood. In the bottom left corner of the print is an etching of part of my communion veil which was a headdress made of silk roses. I included it because i was tryin to tie in the theme of growth and my botanical influences in art.
This is a print of the plaque that was on the piano I used for my project. It was above the sheet music stand and it had the name of the maker on it along with an intricate laurel leaf inscription with the word 'LUNG' and '1898'. The word struck me as interesting as my project in essentially about growth in different ways so i etched this plaque. Again the peeling wood can be seen next to it in the etching. This etching took me 5 + hours to do.
Lastly, I'm posting a some of my pages from my notebook work on my latest painting which centers around orchids and their stalk contortions.
I've used my own photography, a magazine cut out for the jewellery on the right hand page, my own painting, drawings and some dried flowers as well as text.
I hope to be posting good news about the progress of the painting soon, maybe even a picture of the finished thing if I can the strength to not incinerate it.
Thanks if you read through this whole thing and have a good evening lovelies! (^-^) ♥