India’s Independence day

25
Aug

Magical Moments

Having tried to find my yoga mat delivery (which I discovered had been sent to my old address, my mistake) I arrived late to Artcore after driving 8 miles to pick it up. I fastened the new yoga mat to the wall & prepared it for painting this afternoon.

It’s wonderful to be at Artcore at this moment, the studio is buzzing with activity as the 5 ceramic artists have started their residency too. Jack the Artcore web developer turned up with his guitar and it turns out he’s a brilliant guitarist aswell as great with computers.

Calmed by the wonderful music I am ready to paint.  I’ve put some ideas together on mini mat again. For this one I’ve been drawn to the beauty of roses & the patterns on Muslim prayer mats, I also want to incorporate the Henna pattern I had painted on my hand at the Chai & the City launch.

When sketching the prayer mats I recalled the times I spent designing rugs when I was 7 years old. I filled my drawing books with all my ideas, I’m not sure where they came from! 

 

17
Aug

New Surface

This week Artcore has been full of festivity with celebrating India’s Independence day & the Chai & the City launch. New experiences for me included drinking chai from beautiful  terracotta cups and having my first henna tattoo. I’m looking forward to Derby Feste after Stephen Munn gave a talk about this year’s plans. We also had a fascinating talk by Ivan Smith about his art residencies in India, followed by a talk from Nicki & I about our residency at Artcore so far. I feel so thankful to be in this place right now.

After the festivities I started working on my Yoga mat with the new acrylic paints. I’m really enjoying experimenting painting on a different surface it’s a real challenge. Usually I prepare a primed canvas with a layer of acrylic paint to created a smooth surface. The Yoga mat is the complete opposite with its textured surface. This I have played with, sometimes leaving the pattern showing through and other times layering the paint to give the vibrancy I wish to achieve. This is taking a lot of paint to give a good coverage & fill in the crevices. The small square patterns appeal to me, a development on my usual gold technique. The paint markers are fun to use too, it’s  great to add the detail of the textiles.

Today I am working in the large lotus flower and will play with the idea of sitting Lakshmi on the small lotus flower underneath, I’d really like to bring her into the painting.