Archive for June, 2010

Feeling My Way and New Work in Progress

June 28, 2010

Finding the Feeling Place

Tangled Web #1 (in progress) (c) 2010 Ayn Hanna (24" x 24") Textile Painting (cotton canvas, hand-dyed cotton, fabric paint, paint sticks)

Time is flying by and it’s been awhile since my last post.  I have been busy with multiple tasks – the day job, starting some new artwork and contemplating my creative career path, de-cluttering and making space at home – preparing for my life partner to move here in Aug, and trying to keep on a regular exercise schedule.   It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes – just re-reading that last sentence gets my adrenaline going!

I’ve got lots going on in my mind-many, many thoughts, and very exhaustive, vivid dreams.  There are lots of really good things happening and I’ve got some goals and plans defined.  But in many ways, things are very unclear for me right now, and even though that is an uncomfortable place for me to be, I know it’s exactly where I need to be.  I am smack dab in the middle of “It”, figuring “It” out, day by day.

I have some great tools, resources, and helpful guides, all of which I am calling upon to help me figure this path out.  Some days it seems clear, and others, not so much.  There’s a part of me that would love to be able to see (and articulate) my career plan for the next 5, or 10 years, but I’m just not there right now.   So, I’m doing a lot of contemplating, asking lots of questions, and tuning into my feelings, finding what feels good and visioning more of that in my life.  The rest will come eventually.  This is a new approach for me, slowing down instead of speeding up, when I’m not sure of my next move, so the process is just as new and uncomfortable right now as not knowing the path.  This is a grand journey!

Speaking of what feels good….  My “Wall Drawing” textile painting was selected for the “Evolutions 2010” show at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Aug 3 – Oct 30 with an opening reception on Aug 6.  If you live near Golden, CO, I hope you will drop by to see the show.   While completing this piece, I got some new ideas for more work with this subject matter/forms, so I’ve now started planning the next textile painting in this series.  I’m excited to see how this will evolve.

New Work in Progress – Tangled Webs

While I’m planning my next piece in the Wall Drawing series, above and below are some new pieces that I already have in progress.

Tangled Web #2 (in progress) (c) 2010 Ayn Hanna (24" x 24") Textile Painting (cotton canvas, hand-dyed cotton, fabric paint, paint sticks)

I started these a few months ago.  They emerged as I was doodling and day dreaming and they have been another exploration of techniques – resists, fabric paints, and paint sticks.   I created the “webbed” imagery through application of multiple layers of resists (both painted on and physical objects laid on) and fabric paints as well as paint sticks.  I didn’t take any in-process photos as I was too wrapped up in “the doing” and forgot to, but I think I’ll have more opportunity to do so in the future because this technique seemed so natural to me, I’m sure I’ll be doing more with it.  I like the contrast of the rich textured dark painted/resisted web drawings with the subtle light valued, airy border fabric which are pieces of my own hand-dyed fabric.

Tangled Web #3 (in progress) (c) Ayn Hanna (24" x 24") Textile Painting (cotton canvas, hand-dyed cotton, fabric paint, paint sticks)

With these pieces especially, I am discovering that the imagery and “feel” or idea I have of my emerging subject matter seems to drive the techniques for realization of the finished work.  Each piece becomes what it needs to be. These are all works in progress, and I’m not really ready to talk much about them yet (I’m still working through my own understanding of them), but they are very intriguing to me, and have some importance.  I guess they are in some ways a parallel to what I’m feeling with my career right now too.  I have many questions that I am contemplating right now and I am feeling my way to discovering my next self.

Wall Drawing Finished

June 12, 2010

Wall Drawing (c) 2010 Ayn Hanna (36" x 44") Textile Painting (cotton fabric, cotton thread)

Finally finished this textile painting and am happy with the results.  It’s been a great learning process – figuring my way through merging the processes that I’ve used in my woodcut printmaking with the way that I’m working in textiles.  It’s been a good way to approach the textile medium and be able to still express a sense of drawing and showing the artist’s hand, which is much more important to me than achieving a “slick” finished product.   I’ve still got more things to explore within this general technique, so I plan to do more work and continue to explore this subject matter and technique to see where it leads me next.  Below are some detail images of this first “Wall Drawing” in the series.

Wall Drawing, detail

Wall Drawing, detail

Wall Drawing, detail

Now that this one is complete, I’m on to other pieces, working on  a few pieces that I had started on awhile back and finally am ready to re-engage on completing them.  Working back into these to finish off  all these pieces that I had previously began is a great sense of continuity, growth,  and satisfaction all rolled into one.

2 Drawings

June 6, 2010

It’s been a very busy week between the day job, triathlon training, and competing in my first triathlon event of this season.  It’s good to have done the local event – Pelican Fest Triathlon although it took me a couple days to recover.

I am a bit of a sports freak and love keeping up to date with lots of the professional leagues.  So, I’ve been watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs this week (go Blackhawks!) and as I’m not one to “waste time” watching TV, I did these 2 drawings during game 4 on Friday night.  I’m not sure what they’re about, mostly they are just automatic drawings that I did on transparencies because my plan is to use them for stencils and make silkscreen images of them for printing patterns on my hand-dyed fabrics.  When I do eventually get the screens made and printed, I’ll post those images here too so you can see how they turn out.

Still working on finishing my Wall Drawing textile painting, hopefully today, so I’m off to the studio now to get busy!


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