In January, I was so inspired by the beauty of the naked branches juxtaposed against the bright white snow. I took a lot of photos of branches and converted several into silk screens, which I printed in winter colors ranging from white to black. While I was printing, I had a vague idea that these would be backgrounds for a pieced image that continued the branch theme. These pieces have been out ever since I printed them.
Sometimes my ideas are not fully developed when I begin. When that is the case, the design wall is a very important tool for my process. Often, when I hang components on the wall and just live with them for a while, the design idea seems to appear in my mind later at some random point in time. Maybe I will suddenly know what I want to do next in the midst of some other project - or I might wake up one morning with a complete vision. The best revelations come when I am not consciously seeking them - when they seem to come from the unconscious.
I've also cut several new stamps, and these two newly printed fabrics are also hanging on my design wall. Waiting for a clearer mental image before I cut into them.
I've been pretty much laid up with a very bad virus. It has really knocked me out and I am not recovering very quickly. I've not gotten much done in the studio recently.