Out There and In Here

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I’m over on my new blog since the summer… please drop by and see what I’ve been making and thinking about.

Tilly

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Moving House

Thanks to all you lovely people who have shared my artistic journey with me over the last 18 months…. in view of the fact that I’m entering a new phase of my career as an artist, both professionally and personally since completing the Artist Teacher Scheme, I felt a fresh new blog was in order. I’m leaving this one here, and will be popping by from time to time… meanwhile, I’d be really happy to see you over at my new address:

http://www.tillymcdermottartist.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/tillymcdermottartist 

I’m also hoping to write more about my professional artistic practice on another blog… more news about that when I pluck up courage to publish something!

Thank you again for following this blog, and I hope to see you over on the new page.

Process

Collaborative process painting – sharing a canvas with my daughter. 

Playing with images in photo editing software.

Process paintings in progress.

Last week I got caught up in making Christmas cards; OK for a while, but I began to feel a bit disconnected from my personal practice. So I’ve been using up my stocks of cardboard and making some new process paintings. What I like about working in this way is that there’s little pressure to decide if it’s finished; I can just play, and stop when I like it. I’ve been working with oil pastel on a gesso base, and rubbing back with baby oil. Assert; obliterate; start again.

Fragments

It’s been a patchy week in terms of making time for my own work; business appointments and writing applications to register our company, parenting and the day job. I feel unsettled and uneasy; I need the mental downtime that writing and making give me. 
I have managed to make some drawings using soluble graphite on wet paper. I have snatched half-an-hour here and there to relax with some jazz music and sit on my living room floor drawing and spraying, letting my mind unravel, watching the graphite bleed and run.

I’m intending to use some of these drawings to make more tubes with; I like the written thoughts on them, the combination of fragments of drawings, and the inner lighting; lanterns shedding a light onto my thoughts.

I’ve been experimenting with hanging the tubes on a string of fairy lights (a safer alternative to using candles inside paper structures, I felt!), and although I wasn’t overwhelmed by the overall effect, I liked each individual ‘lantern’ and I managed to achieve some quite painterly effects by increasing the contrast in the photos.

This idea is still rattling around in my brain amidst the rest of the clutter, and I know that I want to continue to explore it through a combination of making and writing. My thoughts now are directed towards how to present it. I’m pleased to be moving my ideas out of a sketchbook and making them occupy a physical space, drawing in 3D, shedding some light on what it means to be me.

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