Today, as the closing event of the Small Works show at the Lauderhill Arts Center, the artists that hung in the show were asked to join the resident artists in a creative session, where we can socialize and make art together. It was a six hour event that conlcluded in hanging the newly created work in the gallery.
For the last two weeks, I have been thinking about what I would do for this event. I thought about revisiting unfinshed work or starting something new. I still didn't know what I was going to do this morning! The day of the event. I poured through old sketchbooks and rediscovered some forgotten ideas, but nothing that I could complete in 6 hours. I came up with some possiblitlities as I gathered my aterials. I thought about completing a mermaid. I have not completed a mermaid piece yet.
I chose a 22" x 30" piece of watercolor paper, charcoal, and a few figure drawings, and headed towards the Arts Center. I chose charcoal because I can cover large areas quickly.
After I got settled and greeted everyone, I began working. I intended to work background to foreground. The piece came along quickly. I learned a lot. In working with charcoal, one can't really touch the surface. This reminded me of painting. I started thnking like a painter.The piece started working with me and I completed it in time.
We hung our work after the pieces were completed. The pieces looked good on the wall and we celebrated our success with wine. The show will be up until the end of August.