embodying art


This week I joined in  the 21 day  painting challenge from Dirtyfootprints Studio #21emBODY which runs up to the start of the new 21 Secrets release which is – you guessed it – called emBODY.

Everyday there’s a prompt. I love this kinda thing! Some direction to my art practice, no pressure, dip in and out as time allows.

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I bought a new sketchbook especially for this!

Yay! 

But this isn’t just a painting challenge for me.

It’s got an edge of something a wee bit more challenging for me. Not just that I don’t usually paint ‘real’ things.

No, that’s not the big part of the challenge for me.

Here’s a thing you might not know about me: I am super squeamish. Like, properly, pathetically so.

Like all of us, I’m custodian of a human body for the duration of this life. It’s got the usual collection of giblets – sorry – offal – no, wait, what is it … organs. (see, I joke, but I don’t like to even type about the squishy oozing mechanics of the insides).

I’m massively blessed that mine are well behaved and seem to get on with doing their thing without much active attention from me. For this I am, massively grateful. Massively.  Thank you, insides.

Nonetheless, it would be very helpful to get over these squeams, so I’m taking this on as a project, as much to befriend my insides, as to practice my art.

The challenge began on Monday with lungs.

Oooh err… *slight swooning… *

With a loose sense of the geography of a lung… it’s like a cross between broccoli and a sponge, right? Fractal-like, branches branching off branches off branches….

I ventured into Google image search with some trepidation. Certain it understood I wanted lung diagrams for reference, not a screen full of redness, people-meat and horror.

Here’s how my ‘lungs’ came out… it was fun. Yup – progressing from something a bit like the diagram quickly into upside down ears, a butterfly, filled with upside down trees, sea monsters, more swirls… and many layers of color. Here are my evolving lungs:

Ok…Onto the heart next. Question is, do I look for another medical diagram, or do I bale and do something


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3 thoughts on “embodying art

  1. I relate, am squeamish too…good for you to face it with this challenge. I admire also your courage to exhibit your painting process through video, I’m impressed. Isn’t it mind blowing that it is now possible to watch an artist in the act of art! The inevitable philosophical question is: how much does the awareness of the artist that her creative process is being filmed affect her creative process? Always enjoy sharing your explorations Mixy…

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    1. There’s definitely an effect, we’re just like quantum particles, right?! I’m still finding the best way to film, at the moment i favour timelapse. Otherwise I lose an amount of footage where I’m ‘getting in my own way’, or I limit to what I can do ‘in shot’. That’s no way to be creative – although in itself it brings up creative thinking in the problem solving aspect.

      What I lose in the usual freedom of movement I do gain in capturing all those ephemeral artworks – in between the layers – which is what this blog was always intended to be about. Funny how it’s come full circle again! Life being life!

      And yes – I’m blown away ow we can manipulate time with tech. There I was painting, then again and again! That’s another art as well.

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