This week I went on a personal journey of reading through some old journals. I wanted to find passages that were either meaningful or meaningful in the moment. What were some pivotal moments in my life? I would ask myself as I read through the many entries.
The reason I chose to explore through these journals is because as I continue making prints that are documenting my life, my journals do the same. I am exploring writing on paper before the cyanotype is done and will be excited to report back the results.
"What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue: those who don't, quit"- Art and Fear
When I began reading through my journals, old emotions came flooding back fast. A fear I have within my work is getting personal. Throughout my life privacy has always been held with high esteem and when I confront my art with those private parts, I get scared. Scared of what others will think and maybe even scared of what I will see. An old saying among basket weavers is 'A weaver must be in a good frame of mind before starting their work, because if they are not then it will show in the weaving'. Being aware of this fear puts me one step closer to conquering it. As I approach these next few weeks I will remind myself of the quote from Art and Fear so that the work that I make will not only be personal but relatable to others.
12 hours of reading journals and Art and Fear
6 hours of brainstorming
3 hours of photographing
4 hours of drawing
Total this week: 25 hours
Total overall: 114 hours
This week I have continued the cyanotype process and I have had excellent results! Every single image that I exposed turned out clean with very few abnormalities. I am still deciding and working my way through the process to navigate where this best fits with my concept. The results are very nice but I am going to push this further and embrace that this is a personal narrative.
2 hour of drawing
10 hours of cyanotype processing
3 hours of brainstorming
1 hour of reading and research
2 hours watching artist documentary
Total this week: 18 hours
Total overall: 89 hours
This week I was able to really take advantage of my materials and experiment with different processes. I did trial runs of cyanotype on wood panels and those did not turn out good at all. Traditionally cyanotypes are done on paper so that is what I proceeded to do next. The images I was able to produce turned out much better but I still wanted to push this medium further. That being said, I went back to contour drawings but in this case I used cyanotype solution instead of graphite. The image above is a product of that experimentation.
12 hours of cyanotype process
2 hours of drawing
2 hours of brainstorming
1 hour watching artist documentary
2 hours of photo editing and printing
Total this week: 19 hours
Total overall: 71 hours
Here are some of the photographs taken this week. My intention is to capture life in it's raw honesty and how these images not only become a personal narrative, but how they can be related to most everyone. The image making is still in its first stages of growth, leaving me with many decisions to make. Instead of worrying about the many decisions, my sole focus right now is to experiment with what I know and what I know frustrates me.
I will be conducting my Cyanotype images this week! the images above will be turned into negatives and printed on a transparent sheet of film. The film will be placed over a panel that has been coated with cyanotype solution and exposed to the sun for 5-30 minutes. The weather has been rather unpredictable lately so I have found someone who uses UV lighting for his small in-house garden as a substitute to sunlight if the weather is not permitting when I am ready. Always be prepared folks!
Part of my assignment this week was to do a small series of blind contour drawings. Blind continuous contour is a drawing process where in my case I drew from life, however the entire time I was drawing (15-20 minutes) I could not look down on my paper. This process has not always been my favorite, but it has been a way that I can relax, focus, and make work. The image above is of a reclining model that I drew this week.
The rest of the week I spent more time focused on my everyday surroundings and what I do everyday. Capturing these moments through the lens of a camera I would take some images then hand over my camera with instructions as to what I was looking for. So far there seems to be some really good shots. Very excited to see how these images will look as a negative on transparent film!
2 hours of drawing
9 hours of photo shoots and editing
4 hours of watching art documentaries
Total this week: 15 hours
Total overall: 52