A Bright and Sunny Day

A Bright and Sunny Day
medium:  cut + torn paper / wood
size:  6 5/8 x 14 1/2 in • 18.8 x 36.8 cm

I don't know about you, but rainy days and Sundays always get me down. Well, not so much Sundays actually. I adore me my Sundays. Stack enough drizzly and grey days end to end though, and I can get downright grumpy and laconic. Japan isn't known for it's precipitation, but since I've moved over here it seems to rain pretty much every other day (occasionally without the "other").

Even so, I don't know if I fully trust this stringy fellow to clear my skies. There's just something... oily about him. Greasy. Inky like an octopus. In the spirit of full disclosure, that's probably the paper I used. I had originally planned to do this piece in a really nice textural black. Then I found the same wrinkly paper in this amazing blue-black color that, when it catches the light just right gives off a coppery glint like sun glancing off motor oil. I wish y'all could see it for yourselves.

Special thanks go out to the magnanimous and groovy Andy Bell, and all those creatures in his head. Having been dragged away from critter creation and forced onto his honeymoon, he asked me to contribute a guest creature. Thanks Andy, for giving my monster some playmates!

This piece has been trying to get out of my head for ages now. It's been percolating for nearly a year. I finally dragged it kickin' and screamin' into the real world just in time for the Space + Nature group show a little bit back. I literally finished it at 6 in the A.M. the day of the show. Not surprisingly, I tortured my poor fingers more making this piece than anything else I've ever done. God bless band-aids.

For regular visitors to PaperCuts... um... hi! I'm back! You might have noticed that this is my first blog in a month. Prepping for three gallery shows in August and September, and all the other stuff going on during the last few months really took it out of me. Alot more than I thought it would. Right after the show ended my poor little brain crashed. I'll try not to let that happen again. I just needed to take a little personal time to build up my energy and inspiration. So, thank you all for your patience! I'll try to reward you for it in the coming months.