Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Three Spinners
Jenny's travelling art journal
"Once Upon A Time"
Tales by the Brothers Grimm
has been sitting in my studio all month calling to me whilst I was madly finishing off the biggest collaborative painting I have ever done.
I struggled for a long time finding a tale or story that felt right for me and inspired me in some way.
Eventually I started to panic about my looming deadline and laid down the background stencil. I knew I wanted to play with my new supplies and once those decisions were made things started to flow more easily. Its funny how just a couple of little steps can get you started on a page.
I still had to choose a tale, I liked some of the animal characters but not the dark and mean themes I found in many of the stories.
Finally I settled on
"The Three Spinners"
Mainly because they were 3 kind supportive women and apart from a frustrated mother there were no dark characters.
Of course I enjoyed it once I started to relax and play, the art is the easy bit, it's the chosing what to do that is the tricky part.
There are threads of words and thinking that connect us through time and space. Reading stories of the Grimm Brothers it is wonderful to see how far we as a species have evolved, and also how we have maintained so many traits.
Oh and that huge painting I have been working on for the last 8 months- "Magnolia Cottage" Fully painted ( and restored) inside and out - yay team!