|Touched with Poetry, opened book, pastel on prepared book pages|
I'm not sure what drives me to glue the pages of books together and then to draw on them but for the past few years that has been something that I have loved to do. Mostly I use the title as a theme and the glue pages together, gesso them and use a tinted ground so I can use it as a sketchbook. I think doing this narrows the parameters of what I am looking at, and I love having an artifact that says something more than the pieces. Lately I have been trying to make pieces on the book pages that stand alone.
The most interesting part of this project may be that in some cases I have worked from drawings instead of from life which is something I find problematic. Maybe it's the playful nature of the book surface, even if it takes a long time to create, that helps me to 'let go?'
The top pages are what I might do in an altered sketchbook, two drawings side by side that are related and work together (for me). The bottom image is a vista, a drawing made from drawings and photos taken while climbing a mountain in the lake district.
I am trying to decide what to submit for the pastel society annual show. I am feeling poor so will only choose a couple this year, entry is £18 per item! I can't make my mind up about whether to choose what I do or the other thing I do… I will find it hard to sleep tonight even though whatever I do is bound to be not quite the right thing for the group of people in the room who select.
|Fairfield and her Friends, opened book, pastel on prepared book pages|