Another experiment in negative painting. I was inspired by dream journeys where I am on a train and see scenes of places I have visited or lived in or simply passed by rushing by through the train windows.
This weeks topic was “Gifts from our Roots”. I was musing on the mixed blessings and curses from my own roots when I thought about the Persephone myth, one that has long resonated with me.
Because I was taking a bit of a contrarian approach to the topic, I thought it might suit a “negative painting” technique where the foreground images are constructed through hiding parts of the foreground.
Persephone climbs up the roots from the underworld still clutching a pomegranate. The seeds she consumed in the Underworld will keep pulling her into darkness.
I like to feel that the seeds of darkness also help one see the light and feel empathatically the darkness withint others.
This week’s journal page was about de-cluttering and organizing art-space and arts practice. I started with a compass and protractor to give structure to a hand drawn mandala. Then I splashed on primary colours and swirled them together. I then drew out the shapes with shading and black and white details. Lastly I added the word “Structure” along with some text and number stamping .
These two spreads were created in the latter two weeks of August 2020. The left hand panel is a long view of life patterns and the panel on the right is patterns I am changing.
I drew on some familiar elements: gears, clocks, flowers, bubbles and a compass. Although I have a pattern of over-scheduling myself and sometimes “going on automatic” mostly I meander through life going with the flow, led by intuition and finding some bright lenses that help me see things with new clarity and optimism.
In terms of change, I hope to increase the “blooming” and decrease the automaticity and scheduling.