downstream ..... the title of my new book. I have made a start on the commission I received before Christmas. One of my books (Moeraki Boulders) was bought by the State Library and another couple who visited the exhibition really wanted to buy it as well. Of course you cannot duplicate original work, but I said I would make something similar and if they liked it, then they could buy.
Working to commission is a strange thing because with a second book coming out of an initial idea, you are able to put so much more thought into it .... learning from the previous one I think. For me, the ideas started to flow once I realised that I wanted to work in the dark ink palette I so love. I worked on this paper and received some shimmery, gorgeous effects and decided it was the paper to use. Or rather it was the other way round - I worked on sheets of paper and then when I saw the result, decided this was what I would use for my new book.
A few weeks ago Velma asked in one of her posts, if anyone was feeling the desperate need for colour....
Well, those of you who know my work, or have become familiar with it through my blog, will know that my work falls firmly in the earthy colour range. However I seem to have developed an urgent need to incorporate some bold blue in my work. I am a water sign after all! At this stage I am just playing with some ideas, but I think something coherent is coming.
Today I finished the Solander Box ...... the favourite I have ever made and I am a little reluctant to use it in something for sale! I am hoping to be brave enough to use some bold blue on the front of the box, not just inside hidden in certain pages. The box is 42cms x 13cms and this photograph doesn't do it justice. It shimmers and to me, speaks of trees along the shore of a secret river. I only hope I can make a book that I am happy to place in it.