Collaboration #11

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Topographical coastline with pebbles and shimmering tidal pools…or …Butterfly in flight? The ultimate Rorschach test;)

Collaboration #11… something a little different for the latest, in an ongoing collaborative series with Paul Henderson, titled ‘Wave After Wave’ where I add my touches of watercolor to Paul’s flowing ink on paper. Paul’s ink was more splatter than line on this particular piece and I was well aware that I kept shying away from it as I sifted through his pile of beautiful ink work in choosing which would become my next canvas. In the end, I believe it was the seemingly randomness of the ink that called out to me to try and leave my creative mark.  I used an iridescent paint to highlight some of the ink marks…it shimmers quite beautifully in the light. Unique as it was from the start, the finished art feels inherently connected to this most special collaborative series. A new personal favorite, perhaps…

 

Little Sparks

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It’s a sleepy, quiet, solitary day of painting back in my studio.  I am paying close attention to those little sparks within…I find I often come back to drawing/painting figurative works. I am drawn to faces, necks, hair and lips. I don’t always get the lines or the proportion right, but there is something familiar and pleasing just in the trying. I do often use photographs for reference but more often than not, at some point in the process I veer far off reference point and just let my hand and imagination lead the way. Always an element of organic abstraction… intricate detailing…watery colors, controlled… and yet, I do try to let watercolors just be watercolors and do their thing, too. It’s the sweetest dance between ink and water and although she doesn’t look like me, she becomes a true portrait of me at my creative happiest…

In this moment, I am fulfilled.

Original Ink and watercolor painting… ©Michelle Rummel / Shellartistree LLC  / Shellrummel.com

So Much to Discover

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In keeping with the edges theme/obsession, this week I picked up some knives and began to cut paper. There is something remarkably soothing about the process… the blade is flexible, so it flows with the curves nicely…well, as nicely as the hand holding it;)  You can feel it sink through fiber and the trick is to guide it smoothly. I want my paper cut lines to be delicate, fluid…just like my watercolors. Practice needed. Even more, I am intrigued by the secret layer of shadow that forms at the edges… I am experimenting with adding watercolor over, under….and in between. And there is something glorious to my eye about combining my watercolors with cut paper (and in this case, embroidery thread too…) It’s a textural dance that leads me along, a new direction that seems right.  I feel my heart beating which tells me it’s real.

I am in awe of those who master this art so brilliantly. There is much learning involved and my impatience taught more than one lesson along the way in just two studio sessions.  At the end of the day, my desk was covered in hundreds of shards of paper. I found that oddly satisfying:)  Can’t wait to keep playing, experimenting, adding to, learning. I know the look I am trying to achieve and I see now how to get there. It feels like a gentle parting of branches when walking down a quiet path. So much to discover, just beyond… ~

Original Ink, watercolor, embroidery and paper cut ~  ©Michelle Rummel   Shellrummel.com

Time…

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The passage of time often feels hazy to me…Wasn’t it just the New Year? March marches nearer and with it, my design trip to NYC for Spring Market week and the launch of three more of my bedding /bath collections. There was a brief quiet lull in January but my design and travel schedule is beginning to ramp up again, I feel it. I am trying to gather and hold the energy needed for it all. {Breathe, Shell…}

In the midst of winter, I do my best to honor all the moments that come, instead of aching for time to move faster towards warmer months. Inside the warm cocoon of my studio, I am wrapped in light,… and although some days seem to stretch endlessly on, most are quite lovely when surrounded by that which fulfills. In those moments, time stands still.

Some new work has been coming from the brush and pen lately… a few surprises along the way, I do love when that happens. Like the one above, for example… it’s part of a series of paintings that all have a similar thread running through them. I l enjoy the visual continuity of a collection… subtle patterning that leads the eye. This one has the potential to be more, I think… so maybe it’s just a study. Time will tell.

A friend of mine from years back resurfaced in recent weeks. Along with a new website was the reposting of a featured blog post he had long ago written about me and my art. What a pleasure to re read those words. I remember feeling so honored at the time, and I still do. The article focused solely on his own reaction to my work. I felt such pride…I value deeply, that rare gift of feeling understood. The art and poetry he chose to share and write about was typical of my portfolio at the time. Interesting to me to see the ways my art has changed (and not changed) over the last 5 years.  I love being able to see that evolution. I invite you to read the post, here.

Original ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

Drawn…

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…in and back. Some days it is so easy to get lost in the lines.

Only a glimpse of this one as it is still evolving…I keep adding intricacy of line, deepening depth with watercolor…trying, always to honor the strong pull of the coast and all that it means to me. I’m getting closer, I feel it.

Original ink and watercolor ©MichelleRummel