I have decided this year to shift my creative focus away from stand alone exhibition pieces and want to write and illustrate a book. I am really looking forward to the challenge of creating a cohesive body of work that flows from one painting to the next keeping a similar style for all. I am also enjoying formulating the story in my mind that will be told through the paintings and the words that will accompany them.
My protagonist for the book will be an origami butterfly which is so fun as I actually get to create her myself so there is no need for me meet other people to get reference photos (very useful since we are back in lockdown as everything I need to do can be done from the safety of my house and garden.) My studio table at the moment is filled with folded pieces of paper as I learn how to create my paper butterfly and sketches of painting ideas and excerpts of writing as I work on the first part of the story. My studio wall is also decorated with completed 3D paper butterflies that I can use for references and just to make the room look cheerful.
Hope you all have created some fun plans for 2021 too. Many of us may be in lockdown or needing to be home more right now but there is so much we can still do.