When I look at other artists’ works I am drawn to the gestural, spontaneity, bold brushworks, textural surfaces, etc. In my last post I talked about the weaknesses that I see in my recent works. I see that my work has become stiff. So, I have embarked on a personal challenge so that I can free myself and make work that looks more spontanious. My challenge was to limit my pallet to one colour, integrate only white papers, and use my sewing machine. So, I just looked around my studio and picked different white papers, toilet, tissue, photo copy paper, paper towels, etc and distressed the papers by scrunching them and then collaged those white papers onto a paper backing. Then using my sewing machine I stitched all over the surface of the papers. The final layer, I took marking tools such as pencils, charcoal, and ink and marked the surface. For the final layer I used encaustic paint. This is 17″ X 12″. It is a mess but I need to give myself permission to make these melty messes for a while. So for the next few weeks or months I will force myself to weekly challenges and see where the work takes me. Here is the result of the first challenge. There are some areas that I really like and others areas are really messy.