My mind makes connections to the past when I am making art. As I form a pot from clay, I think of pot-making through history. When I weave, I cannot get over the fact that I am making fabric from thread, as women from centuries past have done. I am keenly aware of people through out time when I am working.
I recently came across a treasure trove of old fish-net floats, in great condition after years spent bobbing on the river. I knew they would make a wonderful canvas for an upcoming Small Works exhibit in town. I selected the smoothest of the cork floats for my first attempt. The smoothest cork is no where near my roughest canvas… it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. After much trial and error, I came up with a solution I thought could work.
It did. I am very pleased with these small works. I learned a lot along the way. I love the story behind the cork and it has touched the hearts of more people than I expected it to. These little treasures, a blend of past and present, have been a fun experiment in painting small.