What do I do when all my drawings are finished for an exhibition? [COMING SOON] An entire body of work is ready and I am now lost for ideas. I don’t want to draw another Kyoto piece. No, that is complete (for the moment). Let go. How do I stop myself spiraling off into space – rudderless and directionless?
How about coming home in my mind and actually looking round here once more for inspiration? It is a while since I’ve done that (three years to be precise). I have a new camera so I take it out for a spin – to the port – to visit my friends, the birds.
Trying to capture birds as subjects is a lot like trying to capture maiko and geiko. On the plus side, I don’t have to feel guilty about taking bird photos or be mindful of good manners. However birds can move much faster than maiko or geiko and often leave me before I’ve got my photo.
My bird drawings are never just about the bird. They are a way for me to interpret the port – as out of focus as possible. Container ships, bridges and cranes have cool shapes and colours but they are so hard edge. I don’t want that hard edge. I massively soften those forms by focussing on the bird.
Working on “Port Side” these last few days has calmed my pre-exhibition jitters considerably. I remember to appreciate where I live, and life in general, when I seek out subjects at home in Fremantle. (Western Australia.)
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