Artist Antony Gormley recently wrote about “affordances”- the things and situations that your current reality permits. He included in his idea of “affordances” the ideas as well as materials that you can bring to bear on your art: local materials, local energy (one’s own!) and of course, the environs themselves. And naturally the affordances offered to us all in every respect, not only our art, by The Lockdown. Antony found that he was very ok with the new limits placed by the COVID on his hectic life travelling the globe for his art. I liked very much Antony’s concept of “affordances” and its positive orientation.
Time for an photo, right, dear Reader? And a welcome and thanks to all my new readers. I would like to begin my post with an image or two of my favourite affordance, the garden which supplies much of my art materials. Not to mention my sanity, my inspiration…on and on. What are your favoured affordances?
I start with the swatches of my basic colour palette. My aim in making ink colours has been to develop a limited palette based on what my garden and my local environs afford me in the way of native plants but without scorning international food items or nuisance invasives like buckthorn. So with seven or eight plants (for now), I have been able to assemble a dependable couple of palettes and then modify their basic offerings by mixing inks or using pH uppers and downers and/or iron to change colour, shade or value.
Below is what my studio wall is looking like while waiting for the fall studio tour that might never happen…Gotta put that excess art inventory somewhere else besides under the bed. ( Where do you keep yours, dear Reader? ) Many of these works on the wall have been shown in previous posts so this photo saves you looking back. Following this photo are several newer pieces in my CONTAINED/UNCONTAINED collection. The ink colours show the range of the basic palette.