Wow....hard to believe it's already been a week since I've been here to let you know what's going on in the studio and in life! I must have been pretty busy Friday, but now it feels so long ago, don't know what I was up to! Meanwhile I've been plugging away on the ledger pages and one of the comments by Susan Bowers on last week's post provided a moment of revelation that changed the course of things. I had mentioned the idea of sending these pages to any buyers in an envelope, like a personal letter. The piece could still be framed or displayed, but the notion of the envelope echoed the idea of documentation. As I had talked about seeking the right envelope, Susan mentioned that she and Fiona Dempster are going to be collaborating on a project that will involve envelopes and they'll be making their own and I might think about doing the same. Of course!!! Why wouldn't I just make the envelopes? Not surprisingly, it was only a short time before it dawned on me that I needed to be making the ledger pages themselves!
It was the answer to the problem I didn't quite know I was having. I had been working on pages that I printed from an online source of various ledger pages in various formats and was planning to buy some, but couldn't quite bring myself to purchase any. The pages were unfolding each day, but I felt somewhat estranged from them, although I didn't actually know it at the time...I only see it in retrospect. But Susan's comment and the subsequent light bulb going on over my head, made me realize that there was a disconnect between the sterile, hard edge grid of the ledger pages and the kind of marks I make. It was working as a daily practice, but a shift was needed for me to feel good about them as visual statements in and of themselves. So I hauled the small tabletop lightbox from Johntimothy's studio into mine and made a bare bones template of my homemade ledger page....not a format that would in any way be useful for an accountant, that's for sure! Now, before I make each day's drawing, I trace the basic grid on the lightbox and then add more lines making the grid denser and incorporating it in various ways into the drawing. This gives me a chance to show you more of last week's drawings on the pre-printed ledger paper and then beginning with Saturday, August 11th on my hand-drawn pages. Hopefully you'll agree that it's an improvement. Susan, thanks so much for the comment and suggestion for the envelopes....you helped me make a huge leap! And now, to develop those envelopes...stay tuned!
My apologies for those fluorescent colored bars going across some of the pieces....they are NOT in the photographs, but seem to be making a guest appearance only here on Blogger, alas.
Before I sign off and head for bed to rest up for the work week ahead, wanted to show you the latest two additions to the Notes From the Ancestors series...no.5 and no. 6 are here and can be found (and purchased) through my website, robertspizzuto.com. I do love making this series....the format allows for so many possibilities to play together on the page.
Okay, it's late and I'm quite tired....hope your week has started off on the right foot and your week unfolds with delightful surprises and revelations!