|after anni albers watercolour on paper judy martin|
I set the kitchen timer for fifteen minutes, and tell myself: "Just do fifteen minutes".
I am using a desk near the kitchen to make it really convenient.
|after anni albers 1 judy martin water colour on paper|
"use part of naptime for the inner self. Begin with fifteen minutes"
so I did
I give this advice out to women now.
begin with fifteen minutes
|anni albers note book on left|
Now I set my timer to one hour.
Then I set it again for a second one.
|rainbow by aili, dot circle by grandmom watercolour on paper|
but it was painting patterns with my four year old grand daughter last month that helped the most.
She painted rainbows and spirals, I painted waves on horizons and circles and dots
These very simple things were so easy, enjoyable and meditative.
Picasso said "it took me four years to paint like raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child "
|dot grid judy martin oil and cold wax on paper|
He put cloth into his compositions to help him work flatter
Anni Albers notebook.
She worked with half square triangles, page after page of drawings , her designs for weaving
I am not giving up my stitching and quilt making practice.
I still think that the sense of touch is more powerful for reaching the emotions and the inner self than the sense of sight.
I am looking to paint as a faster way to get my ideas out....that's all.
It's been a break through for me to actually do this.
Judy: I was thinking about Matisse the other day. He painted cloth (curtains, clothing, tablecloths in his paintings) to remind him to be flat"
April: His work became so flat
Judy: And Joyce Wieland, she wanted her work to be round. I wonder what I want my work to be.
April: " soft "