Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Making Art

Last week I spent two days making art with Mitch Lyons. Wow! I didn't know what hit me.
Work just poured out of me. I haven't had such fun since I took a workshop with Melody Johnson. I felt real connections between these monoprints and fused quilts--the immediacy of each, the work with raw color. I also felt a correlation to the illustration of Denise Fleming. Somehow these three different art forms are close, and I want to explore them. I think it is that in each of these three methods, the artist works with pure color. In the clay monoprints, pigments are added to white china clay; in Denise's paper pulp painting, pigment is added to cotton pulp; and with the fused quilting I have done, in the style of the Chicago School of Fusing, hand-dyed cotton fabrics are the result of bold pigment added to cotton. Pure color is very important in each form. That's not saying that a lot of planning, sketching, technique and preparing doesn't go into these pieces, they do. I'm grasping for words here...not articulating very well. I'll think on it.
I know that I'm itching to sew the monoprints. Colored clay printed on pellon and remay. Don't know that I can fuse it, but I know I can sew it! I will provide photos tomorrow of the prints.

1 comment:

JulieZS said...

Fabulous works Cheryl. Very inspiring! Looks like so much fun. Monoprinting is always a blast, don't know why I don't do it more. And I think you are really onto something with the pure colour idea in this post. I agree and shall think on it some more to see if I can come up with something else to say about it. Thanks for the tipoff to something I hadn't been able to express!


"Color is the real substance for me, the real underlying thing which drawing and line are not."
--Sam Francis

"The great man is one who never loses his child's heart."
-- Philosopher Mencius

"We wear our attitudes in our bodies."
-- Patti Davis

Colour embodies an enormous though unexplored power which can effect the entire human body as physical organism.

Colour is a means of exercising direct influence upon the soul.
--V. Kandinsky
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.. things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe

Nothing is really work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Faith is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E. L. Doctorow

Somebody once said that people become artists
because they have a certain kind of energy to release, and that rings true to me.
--Dale Chihuly