Thursday, March 23, 2017

Giving Up Acrylics But Not Playing It Safe


It's been quite an adventure here in the studio. My artist's tool box has changed drastically since moving to this new space. Acrylic paints are not longer a medium I'll be using. I've have become extremely sensitive to their odour and off gassing. My lungs and throat are being affected by their toxicity. 


Thankfully I have other avenues to follow. I am excited by the challenge of focusing on assemblage and collage and sculpture again. My work has become more tactile and textural. I'll be using natural homemade inks and dyes to create larger installation work. 




This change excites me. I'm going forward with enthusiasm and curiosity. 


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  1. i sense your excitement very much. i especially loved your fabric tearing over on insta. you go, woman! ;))) n♥

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    1. Tearing cotton strips with four year olds was just so much fun! Isn't Instagram a hoot.

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  2. This all looks delicious! I've recently (reluctantly) been working with acrylics in collaboration with someone else. I was so challenged. All that colour! Phew! I'm so much happier with a pencil...and manipulating paper.
    There's something really satisfying and inspiring about these images of yours. It looks so exciting.

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    1. Thanks, Beth.
      Colour is just so much fun but I'm enjoying this new natural palette.

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  3. That's a big transition Carole, hey it's been a year of big transitions for you, hasn't it? You are so creative with your assemblage, paper folding, collaging, etc I can't wait to visit you next week and have a peek in your studio.

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    1. Yes, Johanne, so many transitions this year!
      I'm excited to see you next week as well. Until then. xo

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  4. I wonder what it is in the acrylics that you are sensitive to? It's great that you are embracibg the change - I especially love the 2nd photo, the wrapped string piece.

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    1. I don't know what it is but it really hit me after we painted our new place. I open a jar of acrylic paint now and my chest tightens instantly.
      I'll be working more with string and I'll post the work as I go.

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  5. I can't wait to see where this takes you Carole! Xo

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  6. I love to read about your enthusiasm for this change in creative mediums - sorry that you are no longer able to use acrylic paints - but so excited about what you will be creating with. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. So far the enthusiasm is still strong but I do have to confess I really really miss all the colour!

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  7. awesome work, and perhaps you can use paint in small doses? maybe giving it a break for a while?

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    1. Thank you, Caterina. I've been wondering if that might work. I will be painting on the balcony once the weather improves. Maybe even take some paints down to the little beach across the street from here.

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