New little leaves are appearing on the trees. Even the oaks which are normally the last to leaf out are budding. The spring colors are glorious, a tiny glimpse of autumn splendor. And while the trees are swelling with the warmer temperatures, I am in my studio making…. leaves!
Many months ago I signed up for an online class with Lisa Call to learn more about working in a series. This is something that “everyone” says artists should be doing. It’s a good way to develop one’s voice and a cohesive body of work. It is something I have always thought would be boring. So I thought I may be missing something and decided to find out.
When the 8 week class finally started, our first assignment was to choose a subject, with narrowed parameters that would define our series. It was hard to close so many doors and commit to working in such a specific area, but liberating at the same time. If it didn’t fit my definition, I didn’t do it. I’m still in the middle of class – 3 of 5 assignments finished or nearly so. Each assignment has focused on different design principles, helping me to see different directions for series development. Any of these ideas may be explored further and I’m keeping a list of possibilities for later, once the workshop is over. Here is what spring has brought to my studio: