Sunday, October 23, 2011

Graffiti pages...finally!


I am really pleased with the way this series turned out! It didn't quite go to plan, I missed a deadline for the first time ever and I only created 8 instead of the intended 11. Once the deadline had passed there didn't seem to be a lot of point in creating the projects required 11 but I really wanted to see the project through. I see this series as a bit of a turning point in my artistic journey and even though the series is complete the journey  isn't. It's exciting to have a new path to explore and I will be taking inspiration from these pages and the Rena disaster for my next ICE series.

There are a lot of photos to follow so I am going to do it in two parts.
Part 1

Page 1.
Personally, I'm not actually a huge fan of this page! It showed enough potential though for me to keep working on it and as you will see from the other photos posted they contain similar elements but the style is cleaner.

Page 2.
Jackpot!  Home-made walnut and eucyalyptus dyes, pencil, map pieces and stitching. I love the bigger blocks of paper and most of the pages that followed adopted that look.

Page 3
The first page with an anatomically incorrect heart-nest! (Linocut)


Page 4

Page 5
The stitched text piece is my favorite part on this page, along with the note paper my kids used and left laying about.

It took me so long to 'get around' to finishing the series. Emotionally and physically I was really zapped by the effect of my daughters surgery and my mojo left me. It wasn't really a time thing, I had plenty of time sitting around in the ward and it seems logical to take my supplies and to pass time that way. Unfortuantely my logic and my motivation wern't in tune with each other! When I decided to detox one of the first things I did was to sit down and stitch and it only took a short while to finish these.
School goes back tomorrow for us, I have 2 at home full time doing correspondence and I hope that this term I will do better at balancing school and art. I really struggle with it and even now as I type I am aware that I should be planning the first weeks work instead.

On that note...see you soon:)

13 comments:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Time is the most precious commodity for a creative type. Time to go down one path, circle around, re-start and go another way, only to come back again.
Hospitals are in a time warp vortex thing - that's why one can't make art there...
these are very intriguing pieces!
xxoo

Heavens2Betsy said...

I absolutely love your graffiti pages and think that your creative journey is leading you down a very exciting pathway. I am really looking forward to seeing where it takes you. Having a child hospitalised is such a strain on our systems that the creative in us needs to recover along with our patient. I hope all is well now. penny

Mick said...

It just goes to show you that what they say is true: different strokes for different folks. My favorite is your first in this series and, while all are wonderful, I'm currently hung up on the town of Dubbo from you map of Wales ... must dash and consult Bing Maps.

La Dolce Vita said...

you should be proud, a marvelous collection, bravo!

Jo Murray said...

Superb work... inspiring.

Seth said...

Great new series. And I really like the first one!

deb said...

really amazing work. I love the page with the kids notes, and always the sewing - always love that

John M. Mora said...

Remarkably "you" series, Lisa - I feel your heart and your vision - "mamma hen in full glory" - take that well as a compliment - we share chicken scratches and when young I had a couple of operations - all my best to you and your all - keep up the amazing work, true to your heart.art, mum...

now I will try to type the word verification that always leaves me in a typo.limbo...

Carol said...

Lisa, these are really beautiful. An interesting turn for your work and I'm sure it will go in a great direction. All the best for the health and happiness for you and your family. ooxx

jilly said...

What a wonderful new series- original, creative and very unique! I seem to be in the mindset these days that we all must go with what's in our flow!

alteredbits said...

oooh, i love these so very much!! you've done a fantastic job, lady. pure gorgeousness! i must do ice this year for sure.

missing you heaps!

xx

Debrina said...

Wow, Lisa! Awesome collection. I would be so incredibly proud of it if I were you!!

nancy neva gagliano said...

aw, the world could benefit from a blanket of this type of "graffiti".....
yes, a JACKPOT, especially all together in the first spread...beat on Hearted one.