I’ve been learning something about directions, and oftener the lack of them.
Discovering how I BEgin to learn and have come to expect, even gladly anticipate my failures.
I recently got a thing called a Gelli [a gel printing plate is what it is] and took it on its first outing.
I had watched the YouTube videos, really felt I “understood” the process, and started out with high hopes and grand visions.
Of course, the first few efforts were muddier and NOT at all lovely like the YouTube ones.
I noticed that part of me given to frustration and telling me what a dope I am.
She tried stamping her feet and yelling like a mosquito in my ear, but I was undaunted.
I watched the video again, and a few others, and reduced the number of “things” to use with my Gelli.
My next efforts were a little better, but I called it a day.
I’ve since used those learning monoprints as fodder for my collaged giraffes.
There aren’t exact How-To instructions for the Gelli, like a LOT of Life, and Art-Making.
There are only images and interpretations and suggestions.
Essentially: Other People’s Directions.
This is how I see most of Life.
Learning from others, learning from mistakes, learning from DOing things wrong.
Ultimately, I am learning…
I love you, Currie