What’s hidden, what’s revealed

A true/imaginary story (Vault Piece No. 2, uncovered in the Great Office Cleanup of 2014) was the first piece I did on a page from a book.

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I was playing around with acrylic paints, polymer image transfer, embroidery, and drawing (as always), and discovered my interest in playing with meaning by covering most of the words on the page and selecting a few to remain. (Austin Kleon does a lot of this. You should check him out.)

They’re pretty far removed from whatever the page used to say. I liked letting the new phrases influence what I drew.

Vault sketch no. 1

I’m plowing out from under small mountains of crap in my house, hoping to find a studio space under them. I’ve uncovered some old sketches, so I must be getting closer to the right place.

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This small watercolour was done at a small suburban lake in Perth, Western Australia, 2011. I love to use ultramarine for shadows but don’t always get the intensity I want. I think it worked this time.