Working in Christine’s spacious space on Sunday is always productive and joyful. Living up to our name of the Hard Pressed print group we found ourselves painting and not printing—we have actually set a date to do a print, ahuh—and we both unearthed some gold, or in Christine’s case, some silver. Below she is applying some silver leaf to a beautifully textured piece, and I really enjoyed watching her work into it with a brush and take pieces away to leave a subtle balance of bling.
I was working on sketches for the commission, the stretching and priming took me longer than I thought and the intermittent procrastination about the sketching also consumed some time. “Creative avoidance is also thinking time” says a friend of mine. And it seems true for me. Then, standing in Christine’s space on Sunday as I was starting to scribble with a pencil I had a little lightbulb moment that brought together thoughts of colour, site, space. It did feel like all those thoughts were coalescing.
In an excited tone I announced to Chris that I was going to start with a really dark grey green base, that it felt like the site I was painting called for it, and it made more sense of the current drought I’m seeing every day.
At one point Chris turned around, looked over and said “you’re painting the colours you’re wearing”. There was a little bit of falling about laughing – and there I was thinking it was a profound moment of influence from memory and photographs when really I must have been literally navel gazing!