Thursday, October 2, 2008
In looking at an altered book I've done, which is really more art journalish than one having a cohesive theme, I realized that this bare tree image seems to be cropping up a lot. Shown is the first page I ever did in this book where I painted with watercolors an image around the found text poetry which is highlighted. Wonder what this image means to me since it seems to be a symbol. Will have to ponder on that.
BTW, the poetry words are:
in silver night mist
for another day's illusions
which sounds kind of depressing and I don't necessarily feel that way every day, but that was the poem I "found" on that page and it led to the painting.
Also looking at this altered book and scanning in the pages from it to the computer(which somehow I'd not done yet) made me want to do more pages like these. Altered books were how I entered into the world of mixed media art. By living in a fairly culture-deprived small town atmosphere I only knew of painting, drawing, and sculpture as art forms. About 5 years ago, I was a member of an online frugality forum and read a post about altered books as a frugal way of expression. This caused me to do a search for more info on the web and as these things go one thing led to another. A whole new world opened up to me. I was/am excited by all the infinite possibilities of mixed media. Without the internet, I still wouldn't know anything about the existence of any of this type of art, I don't think, unless I had stumbled across some of the wonderful books and magazines that are available now. Indeed there has been so much to explore that I spend too much time doing that and not enough actually doing anything artistic, I feel. Need to do better about that. I tend to be a scattered person anyway.