I was so honored to be asked by my sister-in-law to make a textile piece to hang in her entryway. Stephanie ordered fabric from South Africa and had it sent to me about a year ago, and I was finally able to make the piece and deliver it to her in person this week. It was a fun challenge to work with a limited amount of fabrics and color palette. As limitations do, they pushed me creatively. I found myself playing with applique, embroidery, and hand stitching--using heavy cotton thread, which I usually use as rug warp. I was hoping that the piece would look interesting from a distance and up close since it will be visible from a second floor staircase and by passing by it from the front door. I really can't wait to visit and see it installed in its place!!!!
Stephanie also asked me to make some watercolors for her upstairs hallway. She gave me a list of animals and plants that she admires. With these paintings, I decided to embrace my love of intense pattern and color. I seem to be asking myself, how far is too far -- how much is too much? I also keep thinking of Mondrian wanting to collapse the background into the foreground to create equanimity. I try to play with the "grounds", too, giving them equal attention and value. I think the spaces between things are just as important as the things, and I often imagine them talking to each other. I can feel their tensions, with which I try to play. I know this sounds silly or like I am talking out my ass. Maybe, I am, but it's incredibly difficult to write clearly about the process of making art. Suffice is to say, I feel like these seven pictures have solidified something in me. I'm excited to keep making more paintings in this vein --colorful collages that morph nature, pattern, objects, and color. AND, I'm really excited to begin to sell fine art watercolors in my Etsy shop (very soon). I'm making my first prints this week. So, I will be posting about those as they come to be. Woohoo! Happy Spring Everyone!!!!!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.