For some reason, in our culture, maybe even throughout humanity, darkness is associated with badness. Light is good, it is illuminating, it keeps the monsters at bay. So naturally, its opposite must be bad, right?
I don’t think so. Darkness is mystery, it’s a velvet cover where we can hide and sneak and move undetected. Darkness helps us hide our flaws, helps others focus on the parts we choose to show. Without dark, everything is bright and makes our eyes hurt.
Not everything is shiny and that’s OK. Our flaws make us human; give us a different experience than everyone else has. They are the filter through which we see everything. Without darkness how can we choose the light?
Yes, my work is dark. It isn’t shiny, sparkly, or brightly colored. But those of us who love a mystery, love the layers, those who cherish the patina that life has left on us understand why I make my work the way I do. We are all dirty, textured, and dark in our own way. As we slip into the darkness of the Winter Solstice, celebrate that with me. Darkness can be shiny too.
Sometimes when the going is tough, it’s hard to be thankful. We have to consciously step back and look for all of the good things we have in our lives. It’s nice to have a specific time of year that forces you to do just that.
I am thankful for all of my patrons
I am thankful I have the ability to make my art
I am thankful that I have a job
I am thankful that I was commission to make the Rose Bowl Trophy
I am thankful I have artist friends who like my work
I am thankful for each and every sale of a piece of my artwork
It feels like forever ago that I wrote the tutorial about chasing over air here on Hammermarks. (Looks like it was actually 4 1/2 years ago…) So do I still use this technique? Do I have work utilizing it that you can buy? Why, Yes, Yes, & Yes!
I’ve used this technique for a number of pieces’ overall texture which I then cut-up and reassemble, like:
or these two available through my website:
Perhaps you’d prefer jewelry…
So as you can see, chasing over air has been a technique that’s served me well.