One of the things I do when I don’t know what else to do is paint. Well, actually it’s not so much painting as splashing a bit of colour around on paper. I find it helps me see better when I’m not quite sure where I’m going next.
When I do paint, it’s usually with the intention of letting the painting direct a stitched cloth. The painting is a means, not an end. You can – I hope – see that these little postcard-sized paintings could be quilts. I still have a little more stitched work to finish, but soon I will be able to start something new, and one of the things I’d like to start is some work with colour fields. I’ll come back to these little cards at some point.
I also like to lay down some paint and see what it does, sometimes. This started as wet paint dripping down the page until I turned it upside down and drew over it:
How interesting it can be to look at something the other way up. I’ve noticed over the years that I almost always compose upside down: the thing doesn’t look quite right until I rotate it 180 degrees. It always surprises me. And then of course I had to paint some bits of linen, too:
These are only about 2″ x 3″, and just inks/watercolours, so not colourfast – which doesn’t really matter if you’re going to stitch over them and never wash them. I can show you another of these tomorrow, I hope.
So today – continuing. Tomorrow, more continuing. And so on. That’s about the best any of us can do, I think.