I’m working on a new series of mosaics for my showcase exhibition “Voices of the Wind” at Somerset Crafts in May. It’s a tight deadline but I’m hoping to produce at least 4 new pieces .
My first piece is called “Wind Whips“.
This was the first drawing:
I liked the black “whips” streaming out from the grasses and whipping around in the wind. It was a spontaneous sketch, just a doodle really, with the wind in my head!
But I wanted a different format. I felt that the grasses had to have more impact, take up more space, almost as if they were suffocating me. As I sketched out another picture, some of the paintings by Surrealist Max Ernst began to surface in my thoughts, especially his painting “La Joie de Vivre (The Joy of Life)”, where the grasses fill the canvas and the spaces in your head. In his painting you get lost in the grasses and you are fascinated and (in days gone by) disturbed by the strange bugs and insects.
You can see how my mind was working as I made my second sketch. There had to be enough sky to show the wind lines and the streaming “whips” but I had to keep adding more grass to the bottom of the picture to get that feeling of suffocation.
Looking at the sketch now I could see that the bird wasn’t quite in the right place. So I re-placed him on my cement board when I traced out the cartoon. I also decided to follow the field line to make the sky more wavy and windy.
Then I threw caution to the winds by letting the sky break free to follow some of the whips!
… and finally
Come back soon to see my second new piece for the series.