At the end of the week, I spread out all my little drawings and began tearing them up. This is a little scary at first. But letting go is part of the process. Some drawings serve only as ideas for imagery in the final collage. Others are cut up and re-assembled in the final piece. Some may be put aside and find their way into a future work.
Inspired by my son’s Lego spaceship as a harbinger of creativity, I experimented with using the Lego pieces themselves as painting tools. I dipped them in paint and used them as stamps. This gave me a way to reference the Legos in a new way other than drawing them. I used the smallest square Lego to create a little house. I mixed a palette of acrylic paints in a wintry scheme, inspired by the colors outside in the neighborhood in January.
I envisioned the first collage as a view of the neighborhood from the Lego Spaceship’s perspective. It hovers above the world in its imaginary adventures, but as a small object in our household, it is also intimately involved with the material ephemera of everyday life.
After playing around with the placement of parts for much of the afternoon, a composition came together.
This first week was a lot about settling into new habits and routines of daily drawing and writing. I made a small drawing kit that I try to have with me at all times- just a bundle of small paper scraps and my favorite pens. I kept my sketchbook handy for both drawings and notes. I found myself shifting into a more alert state each day, anticipating inspiration, and finding it in unexpected and seemingly ordinary places. Each moment became a new opportunity, no object too simple, a cascade of possibility.
What is achievable in tiny increments over time? The only obstacles between a small work and a monumental one are time and ideas. I have the patience to stay committed over time and the faith that the ideas will come. I understand how small steps can add up to long journeys, how a slight change in course can take you to an entirely different place over long distances.