|'Waterfall,' ink and acrylic on rice paper, 98 x 78 cm|
I was fortunate to start to explore rice paper after my first trip to China (for the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale, 2015), when I bought rice paper in Beijing. It really suited my way of using spontaneous brush strokes and mark making, and during my China painting residency (2016) I was able to buy a much larger supply of rice paper and worked on it at the same time as working on canvas, so the language filtered from one medium to another.
|Two works in process, yesterday. Both from my Tundra series.|
Whenever I feel a 'block' in my creative process, I go back to working in ink or watercolour because it allows quick experiments and it is especially helpful to work across 3 or more paintings. It is like setting a trap for paint ideas and you have to be totally open to what appears - any criticising of the painting comes during coffee breaks. Yesterday I worked on 3 pictures on rice paper and then ran out of rice paper! (Today, for my Birthday gift, I ordered a tube of rice paper.) Some of these paintings may come together quite quickly, some may need layering and deepening of certain areas or colours, but they always stimulate ideas for new work on canvas.
|Two became three! Left painting is posted below.|
|'They were Stranded on the Mountain at Night,' ink and acrylic on rice paper. 98 x 68 cm|
At the moment I am waiting to hear the results of some exhibition applications but the need to make new work is always an antidote to wondering about acceptance!