Some of my favorite mark-making tools come from the hardware store...rollers, scrapers, spatulas, trowels...and also from grocery stores...especially lids from different sized containers. I've been using my brayer from my printmaking kit which is interesting as it tends to allow for more random, uncontrolled marks. I also like to use my hands - fingertips, thumbs, entire hands - and even actual paint supplies such as pencils, palette knives and brushes.
I've been cutting my own stamps with printmaking tools, utilizing pre-cut stencils and creating my own, incorporating inks and paint markers, and, one tool that's always in my kit is my spray bottle. My palette has increased to incorporate a variety of colours and I've begun playing with house paint on raw canvas...going back to my roots almost 20 years ago.
It's interesting as it seems I've become a bit nervous about what's in store creatively for me in 2014. The past two years have been filled with leaps and bounds in this creative journey and I want to continue to grow as an artist. Does that mean I should be experimenting with new media, new subject matter, continue what I've begun and grow it? I don't know. Oddly enough I was nervous to begin this year's journey of creating a piece for 52 weeks and now I'm beginning to dread it's completion. I like having a goal in mind, something to strive for, a schedule of sorts. It's been nice working towards gallery openings, credits for courses, even just a personal challenge so I'm feeling a little lost. Maybe the goal for the new year is not to have one.
I am happy that I have a few commissions ahead of me along with a couple of new articles in the works (though I tend to be nervous about publication until I actually see it in print). And I know it's only November, still a month and a half before the year is up. Do I want to work on wood? On rolls of canvas? On paper? Explore recycled art further? Continue with canoes, tipis, and/or animals? Explore the landscape that surrounds me? All of it or something else? Thank goodness the options are endless. Last year I didn't know what my annual project was going to be until I actually began it, so that's an encouraging thought. And I do know one thing, that whatever it is, it will involve paint. Colour is my greatest love.