HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
Photo taken at midnight from our loft room window - a great place to view fireworks.
EROSION BUNDLE PROJECTIn 2014 I was already very inspired by the rust printing artwork of Alice Fox when I noticed a post on Facebook by another artist mentioning The Erosion Bundle Project. Rusty items are wrapped in paper and fabric, tied in a bundle, and left outside for 3 months to allow the natural rusting process to stain the paper and fabric. My bundle was wrapped and hung outside on the 1st January 2015, where it stayed for 3 months in all weathers.
Unlike my erosion bundle project, the rusting process at the workshop was accelerated by soaking the fabric or paper in different kinds of tea, coffee or red wine. What a difference - I much preferred the results from this method. I can imagine using these pieces although I haven't done anything with them yet. That's definitely something for 2016.
CONTINUATION OF COOMBE WOOD ALL WEATHER, ALL SEASON PHOTOGRAPHY.
That has certainly been happening - as can be seen in most of my blog posts throughout the year.
52 LITTLE DRAWINGS/PAINTINGS/COLLAGES (ONE PER WEEK) RELATING TO COOMBE WOOD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
I haven't decided how to display them yet but here they are.
DAILY MINI DRAWINGS (365 DRAWINGS)
At the same time I decided to draw an item every day throughout the year. These were drawings of random items and are the same size as the 52 drawings above. They're set out in months, two months per page with six pages side by side for this photo. I had to perch precariously on the dining room table to get high enough to take the photo.
A MINI EXHIBITION
I didn't manage to have the mini exhibition I had imagined at the beginning of the year - I still have to work on that idea but I did have artwork on show at my friend's open house exhibition in Eastbourne in November, along with artwork by other friends from our art group. I understand that a couple of small things sold but at the moment I don't even know if it covered the exhibition fee.
I had some business cards made at last after dithering about it - just my blog address.
My Winter book and Spring book were almost finished but I ran out of transfer paper and the printer has been playing up. Other financial needs took priority so my planned series of all four seasons didn't fully materialise but I hope to complete it in 2016.
I took part in two Facebook challenges during 2015. The first was a 30 Day Photography Challenge in May. I have done this once before and I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of being given subjects for each day and having to find creative ways of taking photos of things I might not necessarily photograph normally. Afterwards I had a small photo book made thanks to a timely half price offer from "Snapfish".
I also took part in the Sketchpack Project online in August. A drawing a day for 30 days. Mine turned into a bit of a guessing game, with more drawings the following days from different angles as well as clues if others taking part in the guessing couldn't work out what it was from the small section of the item I had drawn at first. Another timely photo book offer came along just afterwards.
Taking part in the sketchpack challenge previously is what inspired me to do the 365 daily drawings in 2015.
PLANS FOR 2016
Continuing the all weather all seasons Coombe Wood photography plus more use of elements from the photos in my artwork.
Finish the Winter and Spring books and make the Summer and Winter books.
Make use of the rusted fabric and paper in my artwork - plus . . . photograph, draw, explore and use my wonderful Christmas present from my sister in Newquay - a fabulous assortment rusted items.
Mini exhibition plans. It would be good to do this in 2016 rather than carry it forward another year.
I would like to keep up the drawing a day, maybe have a looser brief this time and explore print and collage etc. but I will need to make up my mind what I'm going to do about this before the end of today in order to make it work.
Thank you very much staying with me to the end of this long post.
Whatever your plans are for 2016 I hope this year will be a good one for you.