Sunday, March 19, 2006

Black wall, White paper
Late for Studio Friday, again - but better late than never, right?

What's that? It doesn't look as black as it is - but it is. This is the "black wall" in my cube. The rest is painted this nice teal, but this is smooth, matt black. This is the posting wall, with a tub of push-pins on the top. Usually there will be wet watercolor paper stretching on it, inspirational/reference images, various "to-do" lists and papers, storyboards, etc. Right now - it's empty. Just by coincidence.
But than there's the other effect this empty wall creats - the fear of the void. The white paper has the same effect. I can have deep discussions about the fear of what's expected of you to put on the wall/in a portfolio/on your website/ in your sketchbook with you, but I'll spare it. Yes, the void that needs to be filled is scary, mind blocking, stress inducing, confidence shattering, you name it. But it's also good. This is space to fill with great new stuff, a room to make your little own genesis in (or something less heroic, a doodle will do). It's fresh ground to be worked. Once you got over the stress, you see the good parts.


At 11:15 AM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Tine said...

I must say that i find it inspiring! just think of all the possibilities to fill this wall with!! I love it that it is black so that one can judge colours and layouts better! And that's a pushpin thingy on top? At first i thought it was a little drawing on the edge... hehe, some great p[ossibilities there, too!!! :-)

At 8:23 PM, March 23, 2006, Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

interesting picture.. I thought it was something sticking up on the other side of a wall; like a secret garden or something ;-)

At 1:12 PM, March 28, 2006, Anonymous Tine said...

Oh, a secret garden, wow, that sounds insteresting here now... that is so inspiring!
I still love how one can see the marks of the stretched paper on the black wall. So intriguing.


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