As I dive into full time studio work, I have realized that creative breaks are vital to the process. These breaks can take on many forms, but for me they still involve the studio and getting messy. I like to pull out one of my art books or find a video on youtube showing a technique or style I haven’t tried before. Something to mix it up.
I love color and tend to use a variety in the pieces I create, so when I saw this video by Jane Davies I knew that a black and white approach would really mix things up.
It was a bit rough going in the beginning. The process didn’t gel with me and I found myself fighting and not loving what was happening on the table in front of me. Before I covered the whole thing with gesso (my favorite “undo button” in the studio), I took a step back, turned the paper 180 degrees, and got out of my head. The goal wasn’t to create a piece or get locked into a composition it was to experiment with black and white.
Once I let go, the whole process came together. I quickly worked on five pieces, jumping from one to the next as the layers dried. I had fun working quickly and using a variety of mark making tools from a paintbrush to an applicator bottle to a charcoal pencil to a white gel pen.
In the end, I have five black and white pieces that have a wee bit of Jackie splashed through them. What will I do with them? I have no idea, that wasn’t the point of the play. They may get cut up and collaged into other pieces or they may get painted over or they may get framed as a reminder to let go and try something completely different. I just enjoyed mixing it up one studio afternoon.