Digging deep, reaching out. Such corny clichés but also the reality of working in isolation and working isolated. Being able to connect via this blog was a really important part of my year in 2013 and I plan to stay connected again this year too.
This is home, end of summer, grass tree spike in garden near the studio, a regular blue sky. A bit like Las Cruces in that regard. I am between 100km and 200km away from the other WB artists but I do have to head their way quite a bit for food and part time work.
So I do feel total isolation at times, but not in a sad way, more in a ‘professional’ way. On the last project I learned so many interesting tidbits about materials, techniques, artists and authors I’d never heard about. I was sated and enriched. That was a pretty special outcome – for someone who is isolated to feel less isolated.
This little piece has come off the sketch from a few days ago. The lighter area is a paddock of ‘white zone’ with ghosts of old trees and mostly of the ‘healthy’ grass trees are outside the zone. Just mark-making really, enjoying the palette and the small size. 500mm x 500mm (20″ x 20″)
Most days I’m here with our dog, the studio companion. She’s a good listener though listening can look a lot like snoozing. And today we had a butterfly visit the grass tree flower spike. That was pretty nice :-]