It's high time to start my piece for the CQ challenge, "On The Edge" - April will soon be here! There's a sort of tradition in CQ not to talk about the challenge in the online group ... progress is shrouded in secrecy, perhaps through fear of not being selected for the exhibition. But blabbermouth here is about to break that taboo, and perhaps others of whom I know not are doing the same on their blogs.
Last week I received this card* (thank you, Helen!) and it clicked in to an idea that had been swirling round in my thoughts -
Those are the practicalities. Now for the arty bit! I knew it would have to start with drawing, and here's the first one getting going - again, the coincidence of receiving something through the post played a part - the exciting unmatched socks (thanks, Erika!) were wrapped in a nice big sheet of newsprint.
|Void#1 getting going|
So ... so what you can, where you are, with what you have. I taped the newsprint, smoothing it as much as possible, to my "easel" - a piece of hardboard on its way to somewhere else, eventually, as are the trestles, still in my room after shelves needed to be painted. They made a useful place to put the little dish of various crayons etc.
I simply started making marks, arm outstretched, and before long a charcoal-mark "nest" had developed. Or maybe a tunnel?
|Charcoal rubbed off, graphite added. |
Rubbings in charcoal and graphite
|The smudgy marks are white oil pastel, dabbed with the paper|
used to rub off the charcoal earlier; they hold the charcoal (no smudging!)
and feel soft and oily
|On the left is the stick (under the paper) that was rubbed along|
to make a nice straight mark
|White conte over graphite and over those oil pastel/charcoal marks|
*The card is based on the work of Anne Wilson, as seen recently at the Whitworth, Manchester.