Friday, August 10, 2012

Trømso Textures Continue

Perhaps it's the greyness of the weather.

It's certainly not a greyness in my mood.

The colours and textures that catch my eye today while walking around town are muted and soft. 

Subtle patterns begin to emerge.

More interesting information to bring into the (travelling) studio.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Travel Journal

Like many artists, I would imagine, when I travel I bring along a small 'stash' of art supplies. In my case, small scraps of fabrics, various colours of thread, some beads and bits of high-quality art paper.

Before I leave my studio, I choose my materials swiftly so as to not over think the process. Several medium size zip-lock plastic baggies do the trick.

Each morning while I'm away (these few weeks in Norway) I sit with my bags of goodies before me and gently let a meditative 'sketch' guide itself. They're quite simple - no need for complexities - and as I continue to create them they are reminding me of a child's scrapbook of small creatures collected while on holiday.

They feel like a lovely conversation between what I have brought to this beautiful place and what this beautiful place has inspired me to bring back home.

Monday, August 6, 2012

I See Art

The Tromsø shipyard continues to be a daily gallery. Let's call this one - Close up of a Large Rusted and Weathered Gas Tank.

I love how when I move in a little closer and become intimate with what I've perhaps discarded from afar, a new world can open up.

What else have I overlooked lately?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Treasures from the Arctic

My favourite working shipyard in Arctic Norway always inspires.

The imagination can transform even the most mundane items....

 .......if we allow ourselves to see the beauty they hold.