This week I’ve been working hard on a peice for a group show coming up at Argyle Fine Art here in Halifax called Just My Type (opening Feb 14th go check it out!). The theme for the show is typography, which ties in with a lot of work I do in the studio as well as for Double Dare!
I’ve been fixated on circles lately. I read somewhere about circles being everything. Circles are life, cycles, planets, suns, death, birth, rebirth etc. etc. So I can’t stop thinking about circles, hence all of the circles you are about to see.
It was interesting following a trail of ideas. I had a few frustrating studio sessions in which I completely doubted my abilities, but I knew I had to keep pushing the work to see where it would go. Also I committed to this! I couldn’t just give up!!
I really struggled coming up with the typography part of the work too. I played around with a few different phrases, then finally one day an idea stuck “Small still Significant”. I like the combination of tiny circles coming together to make one whole. I wanted to convey the idea that every small piece is part of a larger whole. After I finished the sketch above I finally felt like I was onto something.
To get to the next stage, well I was really following a trail. I started out making something very similar to the sketch shown before the one above, painting tiny, colourful watercolour dots all over the page. When I finished that I decided it wasn’t good enough. I didn’t want to waste the beautiful colourful paper I just created so I started to doodle on it, and I drew a hand. I decided maybe I could use it! I cut it out, drew a second hand, cut that out, and began arranging things in my sketchbook. Finally I felt like things were really starting to come together! (PHEWF!!)
Hopefully that is a bit of encouragement for anyone out there who is struggling through, well..ANYTHING! Keep pushing yourself through the ugly, weird, and awkward phases and eventually you will land in a good place.