Lots of flowers! The simplicity of the flower on red belies it’s sophistication and the fact that it is depicted in a pot compares symbolically with the pink and blue blooms of the first image, that apparently emerge from the bottom right hand corner of the page.
My intention was to generate highly textured drawings and this worked because I was careful to choose appropriate papers and media for participants to use. These particular images are of oil pastels on linen paper and have a vibrancy that will transfer well to a pot.
I had no knowledge of the experience of my participants in drawing prior to the workshop and many of them had not put pen to paper since leaving school. They were full of anxiety about the blank page and had brought many photos that they wanted to reproduce. This was UNREALISTIC both in skill levels and in the time we had available. To convey that I wanted them to express their feelings about caring for others it was necessary for me to break it down to three elements, COLOUR, SHAPE, TEXTURE.
What colour is the feeling you have when you look at this photo?
What shape is the feeling you have when you look at this photo?
What texture is the feeling you have when you look at this photo?
It is clear that we were all learning! This is the mark of a successful workshop? 🙂
Of course some of them just would not or could not do it for very good personal reasons I think. They used it as an opportunity to explore new materials and ask me lots of questions about ceramics and my story! Good all round then.