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New Artwork: I dreamed the moon as a timeless clock

 

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I dreamed of the moon as a timeless clock, acrylic ink, acrylic paint, ink pen, ink stamp, collage on card, 12 x 21cm

My penultimate piece in my Loqui series. I think this one really reflects many of the techniques I have been trying out recently.

I wanted to have a lot of imagery in this piece but also for it to not look overcrowded. I did plan the composition of this one quite precisely.

The poem:

I dreamed of the moon as a timeless clock


As if it slipped off its face

into the ocean

of the night.

Not an utter tick,

just the soft silver-blue

of the waves in its light.

Faceless but infamous,

as anonymous

as the stars we laid under and named by numbers.

 

A distant whisper of hands

as mute as swan.

Nerves bound

in the muffling pillows

fed to the warm sheets

of the waterless sand.

I saw a gull glide, dreamless.

A slide along the air.

No qualms,

no ties

just the slow

exhale

of horizon

under its wing.

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New Artwork: Cove

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Cove, 17 x11.5cm, acrylic paint, pen and ink on card

My fourth artwork based on one of the poems in Loqui by Greg Webster that I bought a few months ago.

The first layer of ink started off way more figurative but developed into something a little bit more abstract. I’m quite happy with the development as after the first few layers I wasn’t sure whether I should just throw away the idea and start again. I’m quite happy that I persevered with this piece.

Again with this piece, hopefully you can see my inspiration tangled within the words of the poem:

Cove

Where the black rock is silvered with moon spittle

violins of night cries squeal knife fights

and my own baritones, guttural roars

are the bowed strings of longing,

the song from the hulls of ships gone .

Come in to my cove, wild seas.

I cannot promise halos

but with black wings

I can draw a shadow

where there used to be.

And when the tears are torn from the skies

burrow down into the crook, the cradle of the bay

And I will set us in stone,

if only you stay.

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The author on Tumblr

Purchase Loqui here

See my other artworks in this series here.

The author on Tumblr

Purchase Loqui here

See my other artworks in this series here.

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New Artwork: Glass Origami

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Glass Origami, 14.8 x 10.5cm, acrylic ink on card.

My third artwork based on one of the poems in Loqui by Greg Webster that I bought a few months ago.

I decided this piece would be more abstract than the other so far- focusing on using colour and vague form rather than subject to bring the piece together.

I used acrylic ink along with masking tape and my trusty water spray bottle to manually direct the ink across the card. Waiting for each layer to dry before building up ink colour and splatter.

I used the three middle verses of the poem as inspiration for this piece, hopefully by reading these you can see where my ideas surfaced:

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A jagged edge

still bitter for being run down

jumped up

and slam-dunked,

a stone that conceived

a plan to concave.

 

A score mark for carving

or drilling to a shatter,

for folding like an origami

pattern of glass.

 

Now I cannot stop staring

at every traffic stop.

It’s cutting across the sky

with a white line

a slash of sunshine.
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Thoughts of Inspiration

I received an ask on Tumblr about where inspiration can be found during an ‘art block.’ Where do you find something you can work with and your mind can relate to, to keep you creating. I thought I’d post my answer here too as it demonstrates how I’m always collecting ‘things’ to use in my artwork:

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I guess I get it from all different kinds of places. I learned from university lecturers and my own experience that always collecting and having readily available ‘sources of inspiration’ to hand is a necessity.

I’m always collecting ‘things’ usually paper ephemera but can also be little objects, writing down quotes or words I’ve heard or seen throughout the day- having a notebook/sketchbook with you when you go out is so important. You never know when ‘inspiration with strike’ as they say.

I also have a folder on my computer and my phone of images that I collect- photos taken myself, images saved from the internet, images scanned in. Usually something that has caught my eye or made me think that somehow I’ll be able to use it later. I don’t always know how I’ll use it at that time but it’s something that interested me.

Another thing that is invaluable to know is that strikes of inspiration are rare. Continually making work, writing etc will breed it’s own inspiration.  Even if you make something that you don’t like- cut it up and stick it back together differently. Choose a word at random and make something to convey it there are many online communities that can assist with this.

The internet is also, of course, a great source of inspiration- follow artists works, writers prose, search randomly on google images. I’ve come to love tumblr as a continuing source of visuals that I find ways to put into my organised chaos of inspiration.

That was a bit of a long answer but hopefully at least you can see that even when I’m stuck with a block, I’m no more that a few clicks away from something to boost my artist’s brain.

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