Yesterday was the first day of my artist retreat. I kept it pretty open, moving from medium to medium. Just exploring and trying out things. I have collected quite a few mediums and projects to try over the years and they have sat and waited for a time like this. It is nice to allow myself to play around a bit!
As I had no specific goals with each project, I did whatever came naturally. Abstract, expressionist, whatever. Just let it all go.
First, a watercolor sketch:
Next, sculpting with paperclay:
Paperclay is really fun to work with. This was my first try and I loved the feel of it. The clay air dries and it might crack a bit but you can see these are very organic and I don't think cracks will bother me. The idea here is to fill the bowl with the objects and have it be a changing sculpture (of sorts). After the clay dries completely, I plan to paint a few of the little balls but leave most of it in the natural white of the clay.
Then I worked on some paintings. These are from the Lord and Schryver series I mentioned earlier and are all in very early stages:
And finally I worked on monoprinting with Golden Open Acrylics. I've had these in my cupboard for a couple of years almost unused but I knew I'd come back to them some day. I don't really have the rest of the tools I think one needs for monoprinting but I made do. My Dad gave me some leftover paper from a book he is working on and there are about 8 pages the same size and I plan to use them all with the monoprinting and bind them together. Here's what I did last night:
I need to practice a bit but it was fun. I made the first page first and then came back to it, layering over the top of the original. I was much more satisfied with the second page and only added a few details over the top of the first.
And with the leftover paint I did this rough sketch:
I particularly like the image on top:
As for the rest of the day, I looked through an art magazine and books, ate a wonderful meal, vegetarian gumbo, my lovely Mom brought by to help with the retreat (thanks Mom!):
and thought about what I'd like to work on for day 2 (today). More of the same except I am going to try a little collage with the cover of a vintage book I have and some papers. I hope to be back to update my retreat each day so I hope you enjoy! The retreat is 6 days so 5 more (including today) to go.