Altered Attic: Variety is the spice

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Variety is the spice


Working on a series of pieces incorporating black and white prints from the archives has kindled a deep sense of satisfaction. I haven't worked in the darkroom for nearly twenty years and I didn't start experimenting with acrylics until 2007; tying then and now together on watercolor paper, I realized that while the medium might be different I have always had the need to see what's around the next corner, behind that weathered door. 
My primary reason for using the watercolor book was because I don't need another dozen canvases loitering in the studio. I found it quite liberating, not nearly as serious as prepping a 12x12 board with gesso. A lifelong writer, I've had trouble getting art journaling to make sense; they've always been separate disciplines. Then I realized it's just about playing, experimenting and I opened the watercolor book and the fun began. 
If I had a dollar for every word I've written I'd be having lunch with Bill Gates (and picking up the tab), but even after having a blast with these pages - and I've done several - I'm not writing on them. So, does that qualify it as a journal? 



One of the, if not the, very best things about art is the endless exploration. I believe that curiosity and vision, as original as fingerprint and snowflake, but shared universally are what drive us to express. I've never had a distinct 'style' but rather a progression of approaches that only share texture, layers and paint. There isn't a lot of commonality in these two pieces, done in the same week, aside from my way of doing backgrounds. But both are the result of trying something new. I used to feel that I hadn't discovered my own voice... now I'm beginning to think I just create in many different languages. 


6 comments:

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

These visual journals are black /white but so colorful and textural...so beautiful. I am returning to some of my past works...as I set up the new studio....the possibilities given without words adds a depth o your story line. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Laura said...

i don't think you need to write in it for it to be a journal. remember a picture is worth a thousand words and your are creating pictures that speak volumes for you.
blessings
~*~

Mario Zeleny said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Laura. Journals that have been most meaningful were drawings, scraps of materials, old bottles, torn photos... and words here and there. Sometimes, I think too many words take away the magic... for me there is a balance.

Beautiful pages!


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blessings,

Mario

Caterina Giglio said...

just love your new work... keep going! :D

~*~Patty S said...

Wonderful depth and texture in what you create Pattie ... always!
Love what you wrote here as well...I am a fan of visual journaling...in fact that is what I consider a lot of the posts where I share photos from trips and such ...
your last line "now I'm beginning to think I just create in many different languages." is just perfect!
Thanks for sharing your passion and talent and for continuing to explore ♥
oxo

Jill Zaheer said...

Whether you are working in another language or speaking in your own voice- it's all beautiful art that you are creating. Love the new black and white photo art. As for your question about journaling- it is defintely journaling. I think journaling is anything you do anywhere that's a statement of your thoughts put down in some tangible way- and dear one, you've done that!! You are so creative and talented- both in the written word and on canvas or paper or whatever medium or substrate you are working with or on!!! xo

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