gecko-versary


This week marks 5 whole years since I first posted here, since Ephemeral Gecko was born.

For reals? Yup.

This blog is the ongoing project of documenting those in between stages of my art – the ephemeral places – that places buried beneath layers of paint or existing just briefly before being deconstructed and reconstructed. Why gecko? idk…Just because. 

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Marlene Glickman

So here’s a thing:

When I looked back I found my very first post here was about a textile artist – who I recently connected up with on social mediaMarlene Glickman. 

I love when life circles back on itself like this.

I first saw Marlene’s work when I was researching artists at college. I fell in love with her colors. There was a quote from her that really struck me:

“Making color and design decisions is sometimes difficult so I challenge myself to use only one color from the color wheel each month during my daily design exercises.”

I was so taken by this idea, I set upon a year long project of playing in just one color each month.

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12 colors in 2012

At the time I began this blog I was just 1/2 way through my third month, and that’s what my first post was about.

And now, here I am 5 years later — a whole lot of adventures and changes and challenges and life later — here I am: 1/2 way through the third month of the same project again.

This time it’s bigger, I’ve called it TWELVTY and I’ve got others journeying along on this adventure with me, but I’m in a parallel place again. Life moves in spirals.

 


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12 Colors in 12 Months


Marlene GlickmanA week or few towards the end of 2011 I fell upon Marlene Glickman’s “Day by Day:Pieces of Life Series”  which initiated 2 new projects. (The other of which I’ll type to you about later)

This a 12 month adventure taking shape as the year progresses.  Ms Glickman set off my plan thusly:

“Making color and design decisions is sometimes difficult so I challenge myself to use only one color from the color wheel each month during my daily design exercises.”

From the start of January 2012 I’ve been working in new sketchbook, each month’s pages of doodlings and dabblings is limited to just one twelfth of the color wheel. Somewhere in each month I plan to upload my latests (and as I zigzag through the year, re-post the older months as they continue to develop).

Hold on to your hats folks, counting backwards we’ve got a quick 3 month round up….

March

is composed of purplish blues:


So far the months have all spread themselves over four pages. Why four? no reason (three not enough, five too many…) Just saying, cos other months might ramble further. Guess depth and range of the colors have a bearing too. (sometime I might count the pages n do the math)

Photography is a stage in the process, it gives clarity, like looking through somebody else’s eyes. Clicky close ups to show the detail…



At the time of typing March is not quite through, a work in progress…

February

The violet purples

February as a month is done and finished, but its pages will still get periodic tweaks. That’s the great thing about making your own rules to the game (; I’ll re-post updates later on.


January

Beginning the year at the reddy edge of purple

I began the year in the colors surrounding me, tones and shades of brickwork, cosy warmth, winter berries. From here I’m ambling backwards around the color wheel, journeying towards red at the end of the year.



So that’s where it all began, folks.
Just a few days and a new (blue) month begins. Check back for the next insighting extallment!