Sometimes when there is an incipient creative block brewing, taking the first step on a ‘What if I…?’ idea is just the thing for heading it off.
I always turn to my altered book when I feel lost - either emotionally or artistically. It is my ‘slow’ project. It doesn’t aim to arrive anywhere (other than that one day, the book will be full); it has no deadline; no purpose other than to return to the very essence of the sacred act of creation. Some pages aren’t even shared publicly.
Since the death of my Mum last month, I have been finding it difficult to return to my work in progress with it’s tone of light-hearted whimsy. Inspired by the work of Mexican illustrator, Gabriel Pacheco, it occurred to me that I might begin a series of monochrome pieces with just an accent of colour. The idea must have taken root because I found myself following that brief for this altered book page.