The 100 day project continues on!
Been finding it harder to keep up with this the last few weeks.
But ‘not doing’ one day means doing two the next and that is quite a push to get them done!
These are drawn, direct with permanent, indian ink onto the inkjet print paper after spending some Time with the shapes in the branches and ‘seeing’ what arises in them.
They are not penciled out first.
They are then stained with a homemeade stain made from alder-bark.
This can be layered for shading and has a beautiful, natural, luminous quality.
All of this batch are ‘first-takes’, with no-re-draws this Time!
Each addition is published daily on Facebook, where the whole collection, so far, can be viewed at #100daystreetales (typed in Facebook search)
The comments have been encouraging and fun!
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After I published Day 64/’bareback’ a freind got in touch saying that she could see another horse in the same shadow picture.
(I sometimes publish the original ‘blank’ asking if viewer’s can see how I got there.)
She sent me a simple drawing to show me where. I was blown away!
When I had sat down to do it the picture had simply screamed “Horse!” at me, but I was struggling to ‘see’ it.
I did, after much squinting, find a horse and rider.
But the horse she could see was mighty, using the whole page!
And so totally clear , once she had shown me, I could not ‘unsee’ it!
So I printed a repeat shadow pic and drew her stallion out.
I think it is my favorite from this batch as result of such collaboration! Interesting how I often ‘know’ what I am looking for too…..even if I do not always ‘see’ it right away…
Day 74! Getting there!
(click on first image to view as gallery)
I also recieved some other interesting feedback today, on Facebook.
A friend commented that she ‘thought they all tended to look imprisoned and a little sad.’
I found that is so interesting.
I take the shapes I see in the spaces, between the branches and ‘draw them out’, (a kind of organic suduko ), the process feels more about ‘freeing’ to me.
I guess also ‘freeing’ the imagination.
There is also the idea of ALL Life being held in ‘Tree’, which I like.
These are, though, ‘shadow branches’ and, the longer this project continues, sometimes I have felt like I am drawing a kind of role-call for all that may be lost in the future.
I also kind of ‘capture’ what I see, as they ARE ‘caught’ in the branches..
I prefer the idea of them being gentley ‘held’ though!
I have long been a bit obessed by ideas that it is the SPACES BETWEEN that defines ALL.
That, as a human-race, we are very obessed with visible matter and inclined not to notice the much larger, ‘invisible’, fields that, to me, surround and define.
This is what I affectionately call ‘the Gap’, and this obsession has fed into the seed of this project!
Then there is the mono-chrome.
The faded, sienna, look of these drawings.
I do love ink and stain, but I also often miss colour, especially now that we are in summer!
But for continuity and ‘the collection’ I feel I must maintain this technique for all 100 of these ‘tree tales’!
So, as others have also commented, they are multi-dimsional little works….
Another aspect worth sharing is how they help to ground me daily in these strange days of ‘not knowing’……