A New Day
Photo Credit – Daniel Krucoff
This is the first of many in my new Veracity Series. Currently, they involve working with heart shapes, but I can see this moving to other stone shapes and no stones at all….just metal. There is something to be said about just working with metal!
As I worked on exploring several new series, I entered into a dark period that I think many artists….seeking growth….encounter. It’s dismal. There were two people supporting me and giving me wings to experience this growth. Dan and Lexi. I wouldn’t be at this point if it wasn’t for both of them with their special gifts. Thank you.
I thought of a number of names for this series…”Fiercely Wild“, “Fierce and Wild“, “Untamed Hearts“, “Courageous“. As I sat down to write this post, Veracity came to me. This series represents strength, hope, courage, a willingness to grow and explore. The shape reminds me of a wild horse’s mane or someone with that wild mane of hair. While the name of this series is not set in stone yet, I would welcome your thoughts, impressions and suggestions. The name of the series feels right to me, but I am curious about your thoughts.
So how did I get here? Well, Lexi’s mentor is Harold O’Connor and Lexi is my mentor. They have discussions about art vs craft (among other things) and that generates similar discussions between Lexi and me. I don’t just want to do craft, that is follow the shape of the stone for a design. Yes, this one sort of mimics the stone, but that was not my intent; it’s not a true heart shape that follows the shape of the stone. It’s funny, I never really considered myself a heart person, but these hearts that I have from Gary B Wilson really draw me in. I have a number of these and I didn’t want to come up with some cutesy design to mimic the heart shape.
As I started to emerge from the darkness of the block, this was not my first design. That new series of designs will come in future posts and I will wet your appetite with a comment that they are just metal…simple, clean and in my opinion intriguing.
Several days after the break through, Veracity started to flow. It was just like Mountainesque as far as the channeling and the pen having a mind of its own as I drew the designs. A New Day was not the first design in the drawings, but it was the first one I decided to make.
I find I am having a love affair with copper and sterling. Ever since Arts & Crafts Impressions, I have developed a new appreciation for the warmth and richness of copper and sterling combinations. A New Day did not let me down in that regard.
The stone is Willow Creek Jasper, purchased from Gary B Wilson in April of this year. I can feel how drawn I am to these stones now…the delicate pastels. They are beautiful and I think they will remain in my palette. Of course, I see wonderful scenery in this stone; clouds, a beautiful valley with a river running along the right side of it. I thought copper was the perfect color accent for this stone. The silver back plate is meant to accentuate the copper and the stone. I have oxidized them and sanded the copper so it is bright and pops. I think that as the copper ages, the color it will assume will also provide an excellent backdrop for this piece.
There are at least another 15 designs in the ‘book‘ so expect to see more of these as I continue to work on this series.
My heartfelt thanks to Dan for his encouragement, support and love during those dark days of the block. And also my deepest thanks to my sister, Lexi, for all of her nurturing through my dark period too. You will hear about my break through in a future post where that other series will be unveiled.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.