Owls and play
When I paint, I don’t use an easel as, for me, it feels restrictive to my ability to move around and with the canvas or paper. I want to turn the canvas…play with drips..tilt and allow the paint to create its own possible paths…sometimes lean it against a wall or flat on the floor and move all around it..move with the art work itself so it feels like an extension of me. To me an easel is like looking through a camera…although it is a focal point as such…I am still one step removed. I guess this is one of my many quirks.
At the moment I can’t do floor sitting and that amount of movement as I need to take care of my back so today is a day for small works on A4 watercolour paper and finishing my owls that were started a couple of weeks ago. I am as sitting at my desk, looking out onto my sunlit garden, having fun creating. Sometimes practice needs to be varied to fit what is required at the given moment so I am working on small A4 sized works at my table that looks out onto my garden. It is great to play with different ideas and possibilities.
I have included the 2 completed works and 2 that I am working on. Love an excuse to play with a purpose and these owls are a divergence from my female figures. Though of course the owl as a symbol is deeply linked to the feminine, the Goddess Athena and wisdom.