This week I decided I wanted to tackle something large. Not just4x6 feet large, like a whole wall large. I somehow ended up with this canvas that has been sitting in my basement for years and decided to finally do something with it. I unrolled it, put grommets in the top so I could some how hang it on the wall in my studio. I was able to hang it up, but I would definitely need some sort of step ladder to do the work.
As I was hanging this gigantic sheet, I was thinking about what I should do with it. Is it an open sketchbook of sorts? Will it be a final piece, will it be something I just dabble with over the next few months. I had no idea. The only idea I had was to bring back my pattern. My script pattern.
It had been a while since I’ve used it. I think the last use of it came in 2012. I had been starting the river and tributary series and let go of the script. I hadn’t taken it anywhere, and it didn’t evolve. I was actually tired of looking at it, and decided to move on from it. However, during the course of my last reception at the Workhouse, a few people noticed an old little mixed media piece I had made. It was only script, but had the collage elements. They wondered. And I wondered. I told them the story about how I let it go, but maybe someday I’d bring it back.
Well, that some day is now. I am bring it back in a big way, the size, the layers. It’s coming back. I’m not sure where it’s going, but it will get there. I plan on working on this piece while working on other things. I still love working with bodies of water, but I think I want to find a way to use both.
Here are a few shots of the progress this week. I’ve spent hours already: