I haven’t had time to photograph the work properly, but here’s a small taste. One work leads on to another, and it is quite addictive.
Paula’s demonstration piece.
Long scrolls from Achsah O’Donovan, myself and Angela Noble, reading from left to right.
Gayle Childress’s work.
Some more of Gayle’s work.
This is just a fraction of the beautiful work which was created yesterday. I was so busy making that I didn’t get the chance to record much of the work. I will try and rectify that tomorrow.
Yesterday was the first day of Paula’s workshop. We began by making long scroll forms using brush and ink. Firstly we followed our breath, and then we used our gloved hands to work on the surface. iIt was a very direct and intimate way of making marks on the surface of the paper.
Here is my breath piece:
And here are some of our scrolls hanging together:
My scroll made by directly drawing on the paper with my hands is on the extreme right, next to the breath scroll.
Later we may add colour to this work, or cut it up for a book. We also made smaller pieces, exploring the variety of marks we could make.
This is a desert environment. Here are some photos of desert plants:
We’re here in Santa Fe on the last leg of our journey, to take the mark making workshop with Paula Roland. The differences between the three places we have visited are quite striking – they could be three different countries, not just three different states.
Santa Fe is high desert country, and it is also having a drought at the moment. The landscape is
arid, bare, dotted with juniper. Such grass as is there is bleached like straw. At night you can hear the coyotes howl.
The rolling hills give way to mountains capped with drifts of snow.
This landscape has captivated artists for generations. The shifting patterns of light on the mountains, the extraordinary skies, and the sense of intimacy and space could be the stuff of endless interpretation. I wish I had brought my long lens!
And the culture and architecture are completely different, too, and fit so well into the landscape you couldn’t imagine them elsewhere.
I’m busy planning a trip to the US next month to take a number of workshops in encaustic. Im going first to Wax Works West to do the R&F Advanced Teaching Workshop with Laura Moriarty, then having some time to do a bit of exploring of Northern California.
Then its off to Portland, Oregon, for a collagraph workshop with Elise Wagner, and finally to Santa Fe to do one of Paula Roland’s Mark Making Workshops. My friend Angela Noble is coming with me. I expect to come home exhausted but full of ideas. Any suggestions from readers for must see things in any of these places would be gratefully received!