Sunday, August 27, 2023

Picking up where I left off...


Cover illustration for a Graphic Novel

Watercolour, Word Photoshop™ InDesign™

©2022 Charlene Brown

Since a horrible afternoon four days after my last blog post, on August 21 of last year, I have been overwhelmed by the sudden collapse, rapid decline and death of my elderly cousin who lived here in Victoria.  She was not my closest relative but I was hers, as she had no brothers, sisters or children.  Although she had several cousins, I was the only one living in Victoria.  Plus we were dear friends.

At first I was unable to write or paint anything I was so distracted by my ever-evolving responsibilities as her next-of-kin.  I did resume painting after a few months, but without much direction, and I have not written anything until now.

At this point I’m going to pick up where I left off on the unfinished projects in my 'Plan for 1150 Words in 2022' as if it had been written in January 2023.

Graphic Novel:  I have stylized some of my representational landscapes to use as backgrounds for the book’s illustrations.  People and conversation ‘balloons’ will be added to these stylized backgrounds.

Creative Archaeology:  I plan to re-interpret some of the photos and sketches I accumulated in past archaeology-related travel with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the University of Victoria travel study program, to continue the series ‘Time Travel with a Bag of Crayons’ working with what I have found to be the only truly portable plein air ‘painting’ kit.

Paint Every Mountain: I will begin compiling a small book about hiking and painting in mountains all over the world, equipped with the same plein air bag of crayons painting kit.

Predictive Analytics: I plan to continue a series which had 14 entries when I stopped writing a year ago.  I will emphasize extrapolating and visualizing (and painting) unanticipated outcomes.