Sunday, May 8, 2011
Bolstered by Meg's presence, and already familiar with her expertise in mark-making, I wanted to work on this before she left. For her part, Meg had laid down enough cold wax layers on a couple of panels to want to try some scratching out, and was happy to demonstrate. As I watched her, she described her action as controlling the pressure and speed of her tool, but otherwise being free in her marks.
The concept of combining control of the tool with freedom of movement clicked for me. I think perhaps in the past I've either controlled everything or let everything go. I worked for a while exploring the dynamics of balancing the two, and was excited to see what happened. The smaller scratches on the panel above were my first attempt, and I went on to several other panels that have been languishing on the walls. There is more work to do here, but I feel as though I've had a breakthrough. Huzzah!