Well, in the aftermath of finishing those invites, I have spent a little bit of time getting back to some art that has been waiting for some love. When I made this post I was asking the question, where do I go from here with my bird skull illustration. Well, after letting the work sit in my studio for a while and really just staring at it...I have just been letting inspiration come to me to tell me where my next steps should be.
I have actually found my inspiration for finishing the work in my teaching practice, though it was completely unintentional. While working for the AGC I have had the wonderful privilege of being able to teach about an artist who creates incredibly complicated and detailed works to talk about his First Nations identity. I have really found an affinity for his work, and I have been teaching a program called Land Image Story quite a bit the last while that is all about his work.
One day, without thinking of anything, I just picked up some chalk and started working on the rest of this piece. Thoughts of Alex Janvier had not entered my head at all, but I see how the time that I have spent speaking about his ideas and techniques for telling his own story has affected my own artistic practice.
All in all, this work is a huge departure for me in what I normally do, so I am curious as to how well it will be received. I feel relieved to be able to work confidently with such bright punches of colour, but I am still kind of finding my wings in that area.
I have spent so long working on tonal drawings that I have been very very hesitant to ever include bold colour (ever since I was told that I was bad at it in art school!) But I think that the colours that I have chosen speak to the colours that I have surrounded myself with and that make me feel the kind of energy that I wanted these works to evoke.
Any feedback for me friends?
Loves and Kisses!