I tried many things with my artwork that didn't work in 2015, which seems to be how I have spent the past several years, especially since moving to Bloomington. I gave up paint and color and tried to work only in black and white, or gray as the case may be. But after awhile that wasn't satisfying. Although I do like this drawing of me and Steve.
My Theme for 2015 turned out to be Springtime, although I didn't realize it at the beginning of the year. But I hinted at it in this blog post from January, where I had the idea of placing drawings in a setting to photograph. Although I quickly decided against this. I just didn't like it.
With The Putting Away Project, I finally came into the present and wrote some blog posts about how we arrived in Bloomington, which I called "The Crash."
Suzi Blu decided to teach her Paint & Chronicle class for free last year, so I did many of those exercises, with drawing and color, in my cheapie journals. Here is a post about that class. It fell apart after a few months. Suzi had a Ning again, then closed it. And a Facebook group for awhile, but closed that as well. She finally decided Patreon was what she wanted to do. And beginning January 2016, she is bringing back that class, but is calling it Paint, Plan & Chronicle. See her Patreon if interested. You can join for just $1.00 (I am a Gypsy Warrior supporter at $25.00 a month). In February, I stretched canvases, and it continued to snow. We played the Caesar game on the Ides of March. Artistically, I was coasting. And not doing much blog posting. Symon turned four. I continued drawing role playing portraits (Carly, below).
I came up with a Metaphor of Stitching, although I haven't really used it too much. During the summer I began sewing clothing, making a muslin for the Purl Soho Boxy Tee. I created an Idea Notebook category for my blog, but really haven't used it that much.
The Inner Excavate-Along began in July and I worked on the exercises. Although I got hung up on the Body Chapter. I would like to work in her book some more this year. In July, working on the exercises, I asked myself why I still felt so stuck. I thought I needed more Stillness, but this wasn't quite the case. I realized Moonlight was a Metaphor. And I got out all of The Putting Away Project to photograph.
In July I came up with the working title of Warmth and Flora for my new figure series. I did several blog posts with images that were on my mind. But I'm not sure how useful these posts turned out to be. I only produced one big figure painting this year, and it took me six months. I had to sew pieces together to make it big enough.
Kitten Symon Week. Just because.
Into August, I was trying to figure out how to do Selfies. I still want to work on this, especially now that I have a smartphone that takes awesome photos. I like Liz's idea of taking Selfies in order to be seen in the world. Something to work on for 2016. And I started working on a pattern for an Alabama Chanin shirt.
Late Summer Journaling Pieces:
I realized something about my big figures when the Universe was speaking to me in Stevie Nicks. And why I tore up my previous big figures. This blog post explains my Springtime theme. Suzi Blu's Patreon began in August, and she asked me to do some guest posts on the Gypsy Warrior blog (this post and the Springtime/Ideas post were also posted there). A Forgotten Seattle Story, about the Female Nude in artwork. For some reason, I returned to making STUFF - cutting out butterflies and tracing and painting them, finishing other projects.
This is what The Journaling Project used to be filled with, detailed stories told over a series of journaling pieces. This is the day I was holding Symon while Steve brought in the groceries, and I decided to step outside with him, but I fell going out the door.
I like this sketch I had forgotten I made:
I will figure out what to do with that sketch at some point. (Ha. Figure.)
I wrote this post the end of September, 'On Being Motivated.' Sometimes I am very productive and can get a lot of stuff done. Other times I'm just a sloth. I was musing about using my organizational skills to work for myself, rather than just for my job. What if I were my own Executive that I had to keep on time and on task?
This daily drawing project for October was the best thing I did all year. It forced me to draw every single evening. I didn't want to put off a day or I would be off schedule. So I drew. Even on the nights when I didn't feel like it. I still got out paper and pencil and drew, and always felt better when I was in the middle of the drawing. Here are a few. Zombie:
Into November, I tried to do another project, Artistic Closet Cleanout. But I didn't finish everything on my list. And I practiced drawing Symon.
Part of the Artistic Closet Cleanout was taking all of the old paintings that didn't work and gluing/stitching them together into one giant piece for Pilgrimage (a Suzi Blu project). Thanksgiving weekend I began some projects, and finished Flora One.
I also sketched in Pilgrimage and put down a few beginning layers of paint. In this post I mention that the December Project has changed, but I wasn't ready to write about it until after the first of the year. I put up Flora One in the bedroom: