This piece has been a braille practice -- feeling my way through each stage/phase...letting it come through intuitively, organically -- a continuous surprise.
It's also shown me that my creative ideas have already moved beyond my current skill level. As certain aspects of this piece revealed themselves to me, I became painfully aware that I lack years of artistic training and techniques needed to get me where I want to go, to accurately portray the internal vision onto paper or canvas to be shared. But I will try, nonetheless.
This is only the second piece I've done in this larger size (11"x14"), and I ran out of room.
Autumn Joy is something of a milestone for me because (a) it’s the first time I’ve deliberately chosen a recognizable object, (b) the first time I’ve worked with only a single object, (c) at 11x14” it’s the largest piece I’ve done so far (more than three times my usual size), an (d) it’s the first time I’ve used watercolor pencils. It’s also the first time I asked friends to offer suggestions for its title on Facebook. “Autumn Joy” was suggested by Julie Tahapary, and it’s perfect.
Although I don’t spend as much time now waiting for medical appointments as I did during cancer treatment, I’m rarely ever without drawing materials. At my last check-up, the young medical technician admired the piece I was working on, “Mother of Grace”, and showed me how similar some of the design was to her tattoo. She said she’d love to have something like this piece for her next tattoo. So I asked her if she’d like to make a photocopy of it to take to her tattoo parlor. She was thrilled and asked me to sign it for her. I was thrilled she liked the piece so much that she’d want it permanently on her body.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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