Saturday, 18 June 2016

Negative spaces and negative thoughts

Since our return from Scotland almost two weeks ago, I've struggled to find inspiration and focus. Tennis from Queen's Club in London showing on the television and the weaving of a small, as yet unfinished, panel while I watch haven't helped with the formulation of new ideas.

Photographing these simple line drawings of the negative spaces between trees in a favourite beauty spot in the Dee Valley, Aberdeenshire, has been the only output so far. I plan to work with them, although I'm not yet sure how.

Aspen trees on a river bank ...


Sots Pines against a pure blue horizon ...


And another group in simpler form ...


I will post photos of the weaving in due time, and of any outcomes from these images. 


11 comments:

  1. Oh some lovely lines here. And the last one especially looks as if you were thinking of 'weaving' as you drew it. Some enticing beginnings here!!!

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    1. I have so many 'enticing beginnings' that then seem hard to realise. I have thoughts of overlaying these grid-like images with others, or of dropping colour into the negative spaces, or of weaving. The latter most probably or perhaps a combination of all ... I must find time to do some experimenting.

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  2. aujourd'hui, le squelette ...et demain, la peau :)))

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    1. Je suis plein d'espoir ... mais la peau demain ... peut-ĂȘtre pas!

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  3. I love these outlines I want to do a weaving like this it has been in my head for many months but I have had deadlines on other projects to finish and now amazingly you have drawn what is in my head, the bottom image.

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    1. Ahh ... great minds! I will be fascinated to see what you do. I will post my thoughts, when and if they crystallise.

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    2. It will be a while before I get round to it.

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  4. Love these line drawings and see that you've been experimenting with negative space in past posts...can't wait to see the weaving. Sometimes you just need to give yourself a break and let the ideas sink in until one seems so strong it motivates you to jump in and get going. I'm sure that great work will soon be pouring out of you!

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    1. Thanks for your kind encouragement! A break is a great thing but you are so right that you often have to let ideas sink in till a strong one pops up to motivate ... right now, I'm still waiting! I have time tomorrow and will try my other approach which is to organise my sketch book (it sure needs it!). I often find this makes links and provokes ideas that had been bubbling away under the surface.

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  5. It can be so frustrating when no clear ideas for progress declare themselves. Once they are past I always think that I will learn to wait patiently, playing and trying things until something clicks - but I always have at least a tinge of despair when the dry period comes round once more. There are times for creation and times for replenishment, and both need to be allowed their space. Good luck.

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    1. The waiting patiently is certainly the thing - I'm not good at it in any sphere of my life. I like to be doing so my solution is often to play as you suggest. I think I can feel a 'page a day in a sketchbook' project coming along which will make me feel better till a more concrete sense of direction comes along.

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