It's been a week since I started my class with Lisa Call / Working in a Series. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate all the work, thoughtfulness, and material that she puts into her classes. If this is week one, I can't imagine where I will be on this journey 9 weeks from now, pretty exciting!
Our first assignment(s) were focusing our attention on selecting our subject matter or focus for our series. A series can take on so many personalities and or attributes. To name a few, it can be focused on a feeling or emotion like joy, or death and loss for example. Another idea could have a focus around a tangible item like an apple or seed pods .... you get the idea. Or it may be about a study with shapes or color where these become the primary focus.
We were asked to narrow down our choices to 2 or 3 selections from our list. I picked 3. I will tell you right now that I am passionate about all 3 however 2 of my choices were a lot "safer" than the 3rd choice. What do I mean by safe? Well for me, I could jump right in and begin creating what I would call successful art pretty much right out of the shoot with 2 of my ideas. Either one would be fun, I would love every minute of it, I am familiar with the subjects, slam dunk!
Then there is this other idea .. the one I selected, the "un-safe" choice. Why is it not safe? It is new territory for me. I have never done anything like this before with my fiber work. What if it doesn't turn out? What if I hate it? Or... what if I love it? I am counting on the latter. It is all about intention and mindset. These were 2 subjects we focused on this last week and how they affect our art work and just about everything else in our world. It is all about choice.
The subject or theme that I have selected is "Vineyards". We have a beautiful wine country filled with vineyards all over the Pacific Northwest; specifically Oregon. I have been poring over visual images for a week now trying to wrap my head around this subject. (click on images below to enlarge)
What I am initially drawn to is the linear quality of a vineyard on several levels. When I study my collection of images there is a complexity as well as a simplicity that I want to capture. Quite honestly, I have probably 4-5 mini series or focuses within the main series. I will take one focus at a time and keep it somewhat narrow before I go on to the next. Keeping the focus narrow, and not trying to show everything in one piece. Lisa refers to that as "closing doors". I like that visual image. I will also begin to set some parameters for my series which might include size of the work, color focus, themes, focal points etc.
Another place where I have been gathering images is in my Pinterest account. Here is my Vineyard Board.
This week we have a couple of assignments, one is written and the other is to make our first piece of art. Lisa will send us emails throughout the week with information and things to ponder as well as a lecture to listen to online. This morning we had a group online conference call with all the students that signed up for the class. It was like sitting in a virtual classroom with our fuzzy slippers on. The session lasted a little over an hour and a half.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is begin making the first piece of art or starting the work. I have a busy but exciting week ahead of me. I will see you back here after I have completed my first assignment and share what I did and what I learned. See you in a week!
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