This isn’t something that I usually do, showing my draft attempts at stuff. I don’t mind people seeing the finished article – if I am happy with it – but normally I am a little more particular about them viewing my failures, my practice runs, my plans and drafts. Perhaps I have grown over the passed couple of days…perhaps I was just looking for a quick post 😉 – who knows!
Over the last couple of days I have been moved to work with chalk. Why? I am not sure. It might have something to do with the palaeolithic artwork I have been researching, chalk being a natural and easily attainable material. It might. At any rate, I felt a need to crack open a new box of chalk and experiment with the colour and texture. When I had bought the chalk a couple of weeks ago, I had no immediate plan to use them, or any idea how I was going to use them.
At first I pulled out a large sheet of black card from my card stash, but after looking at it for a few seconds, I knew it wasn’t what I wanted. So back it went. Then I remembered that I had bought a small sheet of ‘amethyst’ coloured card (according to the label) and this felt better instantly.
And then I just went with it. I had no idea what my intention was at the beginning of this. I had no clear direction, no particular image that I wanted to see when it was finished. However, when I looked it over when it was complete, I was pleased. It was, I felt, just what I had wanted to do. The colour blending was fun and help to give depth to the chalk drawing – even though the image of goddess is perhaps a little off and has a ghost-like quality to it. The symbols of the ankh, pentagram and spiral seemed to express where I am at the moment; at a cross-roads with witchcraft, ancient Egypt and early spirituality (‘primitive’ sounds quite insulting and patronising!).
Any way, it is a very simple drawing. There is nothing new or groundbreaking here and I am aware of that. But I am still happy with it. I could, if I felt moved to, alter Her shape a little, centre her on the card, iron out a few imperfections…I could but I won’t. It is (compared to my usual standards) a fine first attempt, one that I feel doesn’t need to be altered or reworked, and so it shall remain as it is. Perhaps that is why I felt I could share it…?