Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mining the Sketchbook

"Mining the Sketchbook no. 1:  Balance"
25 x 16"
mixed media collage on paper

The other day I was looking for something in the cupboard where I keep my sketchbooks.
I don't remember what I was looking for, but before I knew it I was lost in going through my sketchbooks and thinking about ideas that never came to fruition, ideas that shouldn't ever be realized and noticing common themes in the drawings, ideas, and notes over the years.

This brought me to reviewing works that I did make from either the drawings or notes,
still recognizing common themes.
From that I began this work about aspects of balance.
There are some new additions to what I found in the sketchbook but the theme was definitely in the dress drawing on the top left and the dress and scales on the bottom of the work. The elephant and the man balancing on the high wire are new more concrete references to balance.

I was thinking about these two separate pages as if they were sketchbook pages but with a little more finesse.
While the writing or quotes weren't in my sketchbook,
I feel they reflect more directly the ideas surrounding balance, both in my work and my thought process.
Even the way the two pages are composed, one in its proper orientation and one on its side, are about balance.