Between my day-job and the myriad activities that seem to happen every autumn, I had no energy to update this blog for quite a long while. If you are curious about what art I was creating in the past few months, check with me at the ~runningwave~ Instagram feed.
Over the winter holidays, I worked on a new, exciting piece of art for Jill K. Berry's Map 2015 Challenge. Here's a sneak peek; more later:
|A small glimpse of my 2015 Map Challenge artwork|
I finally stood up to all of the voices in my head that told me I can never be a cartographer, and made my own hand-drawn and painted map. I used this as an opportunity to test the skills I have been honing. I had been refining both watercolor and ink techniques last year.
As my new horizon stretches out ahead, I am finally beginning to see myself as a pen-and-ink, or draftsman, sort of artist. My art always tended to focus on color and three-dimensional art, but in the past year I have become more comfortable drawing on flat papers.
This map helped me to realize that. All the more so, because I was able to finish it in my parent's studio while I was spending an afternoon with my father. Their studio is always been a place of "serious art" in my world. To spend the day painting and drawing there was a real treat. Something that I had not done since childhood.
|The Travels of runningwave 2015, watercolor and pen, 8" x 5.5" inches|
This map is a mind-map of sorts, following the trail of where I've been in my inner life and of where I hope to go throughout 2015. I am intentionally cryptic in naming my places on the map. I hope the map is a beautiful graphic work of art for the viewer, but the landmarks mean something symbolic to me.
I am aiming towards something that The Artist's Way author, Julia Cameron, calls "finding your True North." By "True North," I think she means that locating that direction within yourself that points to your dream, what you really want to accomplish in your life.
|The Compass Rose|
|Eidolon Mountains and village of Vacilla, in progress. No text yet.|
|Detail, Sailing from the metropolis of Kaleidos.|
I took the name from "kaleidoscope," from the Greek, beautiful + form
|Detail featuring Isle of Gracia, representing one my goals|
2015 is going to be -- I hope -- a different kind of year for me creatively. I am starting from the get-go by participating in a community called Year of the Spark! mentored by two amazing artists: Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple.
I will be sharing more of my discoveries and work created for that community later.
Thank you for viewing. I welcome and encourage comments.