a boot up the arse

by maggie

on monday i was out in town with Phil. after a viewing of decadent book bindings we scooted off to find paper at Cornelissen on Great Portland Street. some time they have rolls of 10 sheets of A1 colour paper for a fiver which often find there way home with me. I was inspired to make some rock sheets and get back to my stones. On the way home i raided the paper department of Paperchase on Tottenham court road were they some times have stuff on sale – another £10 out of the wallet.

making the pebbles started off as a convenience to learn print making techniques, but it has become much more than that. the pebbles themselves are fascinating. Whether you pick them up from the beach or out of the soil they were once part of a greater whole, but have been reduced by weathering and erosion. there are at least three compositions to think off when making picture; the rock they came from, the individual stones they are now and how they are arranged in the land scape
i’ve used lots of different mark making techniques over the years to represent the rock, not all of them have been particularly successful, but i do keep them and incorporate them into images in homeopathic dosages.

impromptu purchases are fatal

impromptu purchases are fatal

So. more paper and some vague idea to do with it. the blue crunch paper is water, there are six sheets so its an edition. cut holes so the pebbles to show through. the orange paper on top is rather light weight, can you wet it and scrunch it up to give texture? the white paper is iridescent, so veins of quartz… black card for more background i think, there is also a deep warm brown with grooves and a card with blue on one side and brown on’t’other – something speaks graphic simple or adding pastel to catch high points of texture
colour sheets on right are from cornelissen

Anyway… i also brought some spinel black pigment and some casein medium at cornelissen. I wanted a rich warm mat black that would be a big contrast to the paper without dominating it. then there is a graphite water colour block to play with so many ideas so little time, or space, hopefully this warm weather will last for a few more days so i can get out into the gardens and make messes.
And the tissue paper? i here you say. on Saturday i popped into the abstract South Americans at the RA. I particually liked Gego’s stuff. and that made me think of the bundles of wire i have at home (old heddles) and leaves on trees and light.
so another project that needs working through.
so I guess that this a post about all the things I plan to do rather than have managed to scrape through in the last week. i guess i need some kind of flow chart that pokes me to remember whats next, or maybe that its what you, o reader, is for

MER

and here is an interesting bit of wood that tiny things have eaten

eat your crusts wood worms

eat your crusts wood worms

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