Starting from Scratch – Part One

Ukiyo-e UtamaroLast week I was reading round some great blogs and noticed some people have really beautiful top banners. They have beautiful photographs capturing a sense of place or images of their own art or pictures of the inspirational work of others. Of course, some people are amazingly savvy about coding and I take my hat off to them, but for folks like me it’s a case of uploading jpegs. Anyway, it has inspired me to make a change.

Usually my creative process starts with a single inspirational photo and in this case I’ve started with this pink hollyhock which I took and uploaded last week.
Pink Alcea, Hollyhock

Then I put together images with a similar feel, colour and tones, a bit like a mood board. And, as the process continues quite often shape and pattern themes develop.

I tend to do this over several days, leaving it, returning to it, making adjustments, adding and erasing.

Then finally I sleep on it!

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Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

4 thoughts on “Starting from Scratch – Part One”

  1. You always have such beautiful imagery in your posts. It’s so interesting see the sources of your inspiration and read about your creative process.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment. I came to Art History as a mature student (always been a maker) after first reading for a science degree straight from school – more to please my parents. I went back to university and completed a Master’s whilst my daughter was about the same age as your little girl is now. I’ve read your post this evening and was reflecting on the nature of being bilingual. By all accounts it is a real bonus for a child’s development all round. I was living in Germany and then Holland when my daughter was very young and she was going to go to Dutch school if I hadn’t returned to the UK. I would have liked her to have experienced two languages and two cultures.

      1. You’re welcome. I always focused in interpretation in my research, never giving much thought to the process of making, but in recent years I’ve become more interested in it. Seeing the development of an artist’s ideas is fascinating to me.

        About bilingualism, I first made the decision to raise my daughter bilingual solely because I felt that she should share my language. It wasn’t until I began to read about it while looking for information to assuage my doubtful in-laws that I learned what benefits it has. I’m so glad I’ve stuck with my decision, (though given how stubborn I am, I suppose there was never really the possibility that I wouldn’t have.)

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