Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thoughts at the time of making

a recent page from my workbook...
(click image to get a readable view)

When I forgot I left my bag by the car one morning and ran over it as I backed down the driveway, dragging it along with the car out onto the street and then drove off to work leaving it lying on the road... The thing I was upset about loosing most was my workbook. The other things like credit card, bank card etc... although annoying could be replaced. But my precious workbook I could never replace.

I have about 5 of them now since I was told at art school we had to have one. I was reluctant at first as I didn't know what to write or draw and felt very self conscious about the whole thing. But as time has gone by I have become fond of my workbooks and quite reliant on them. They have all my experiments, good and bad, my findings, and my thoughts at the time of making. I love flicking back through old ones and often get ideas for new works from them and it is good to see how my girls have developed over the years.

I think the process of this blog has been the same really, when I first started a year ago I was a bit unsure of what to write exactly... but now it has become easier. Although a few days ago I had someone say they had just discovered my blog and had read through the posts. I suddenly thought oh how embarrassing... but I think it is all part of the process, I need those first posts (workbooks) as a measure of how far I have grown creatively. A bit like photo albums and height charts... (although my height charts aren't that interesting as I don't think I grew much after 13)?

p.s For those that were wondering, a kind neighbour rescued my bag from the road and returned it that afternoon.

7 comments:

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Katherine! Your art & blog are lovely! I know exactly how you feel with earlier posts. I still look back from time to time and find how different my art was from the beginning.

Thanks for coming to visit! Have a wonderful week!

Creative Blessings,
Lisa :)

erin carver said...

Hi Katherine,
What a gorgeous workbook page! Made me smile reading your comments about early blog posts... eek that is me now! I'm sure I will feel exactly the same about these early first steps...thanks for reminding me what an important part of the journey they are. Hope you're having a great week and keeping warm!
Erin x

lilylovekin said...

I loved seeing your work book page.I thought you just painted a picture. I didn't realize that it had a plan to it and thoughts and words around it. It is very much a process something more then just paint and paper isn't it?

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Wonderful post, loved seeing your worksheet and thought process :)
Your blog is lovely!
Darla

Tara said...

I felt the same about my sketchbooks; we were told to keep them at school and it felt a bit forced and weird at first. Now I LOVE having one and am always rushing to stick down a new idea in it! I just started an art journalling course too which has really opened my eyes to the possibilities for self expression.
Anyway, I love your blog and your work and am getting increasingly excited about my imminent arrival! x

Jo Wholohan said...

your art is lovely, very unique... xx

Tara said...

Me again! My painting hasn't arrived yet but getting more excited by the day! Have also tagged you, but of course no obligation to do it! x