So, because it has been so long since my last post I will do a little recapping in this update....
Here is the mini mock-up of the theatre. This mini version of the theatre looks perfect with very little detail added. However when the scale gets much bigger, as in the life-sized theatre, what stands out is all the blank space. As well, it was looked too much like a giant rectangle box (aka entertainment center.) So, I set out to add some design elements to the theatre that would enhance the look.
if you remember, after playing with several ideas, I settled on the above design.
I drew the design on some 1/4" plywood from the shop, taped it off so it wouldn't split and then cut it out with a jigsaw.
Here is the theatre laying on the floor with the trim laid out getting sanded.
ok, now that you have been updated, we are moving into new territory..
I ended up painting the trim a dark brown because I couldn't get the ply to stain any darker...even with a black ebony stain. Here it is being glued down to the theatre with simple wood glue. I clamped it down while it was drying.
Here is the trim on and i love it!!! Very Art Nouveau and it no longer resembles a cabinet for your TV!
Look at the curves together....the lantern design, the lantern brackets and the trim design.
Now to give it some highlighting.....
-some gold paint. To the naked eye the highlighting looks more subtle. I am also painting some colored circles at the bottom
Circles on gold paint
having fun with colors! ooh gem colors!
The circles look like a cluster of flowers at the bottom. The theatre is really getting some depth now!I am delighted!
Notice the two little knobs next to the lock...
The lock was feeling naked sitting there all by itself. The knobs are functional as well as visually supporting the lock in the middle of the doors.
Ok, now on to the ...
Audience side of the theatre
This is the side the audience will see. I will put the puppet on "in back" and come around to this side as a way to "reveal" the puppet to the audience.
Here it is with the doors open. Notice all the curves and how they all work together. I didn't really foresee that from this side of the theatre with the doors open ...i love the way the creative process comes together like that....mysterious workings underneath!
Here is a sort of side view..... with the cardboard wheel you can see what this will be looking like when she does get her wheels. The wheels will be the next and last step in the building of the theatre. Yes, I will continue to add little gypsy knick-knack things here and there but for the most part she will be done. Did i actually say that?
Why, yes, I did!!!
Even though I have gushed about the wheels from the beginning I have waited till the end to order them to make sure the wagon wheel idea would still be right after the theatre was completed. So, in the coming weeks I will be ordering those Amish wooden wagon wheels. Too good to be true!
ok, so, on to completing the design of the front (or audience side) of the theatre.
Here are some sketches I played with...
mushrooms...Sort of Alice and Wonderlandy. This was a fun idea.
I have known i wanted the design to be nature ...probably trees.
I looooove pine trees and really thought I would settle on one of these below, but alas, none of them were right.
Now, I have deliberated and deliberated over this design for a long time. I have felt stumped as to what to do. should I hire an artist to help? why is this so hard for me?....why can't I make a decision about this?
well, a little side story about the subject of "deliberation and cogitation of an inspiration".(aka cud-chewing an idea until it's a green unrecognizable mass of spit and froth)...I am really good at it. So good, that many many times I have not been able to get to the next phase of the creation process. I venture to say this is why this project has taken me so long. This pattern it seems is taking on a new face and I am very pleased with its arrival!
Last year I asked for help from community resources. I could see...a projection of the future and I knew that if I didn't ask for help I was still going to be struggling and stuck within the same old patterns. No matter how deeply I felt I was willing to look I could not see what it was that was stopping me. I needed an outside perspective. So I asked for help. It has been one of the best moves I have ever made.
And I have EMDR and my trusty counselor sidekick (Sandy Watt! yay Sandy!) to thank for that! For the last year I have been seeing Sandy and she has been doing EMDR with me (Bilateral stimulation process..helps change ingrained beliefs) you can look it up online. it is simple and profound. I feel this modality, specifically, has helped me shift my creative process and I am very thankful.
The other very powerful healing modalities I have been involved in.. TRE(Trauma Releasing Exercises)- In the next month I will be certified in this relatively new body tremor therapy! Gratitude and love to my wonderful teacher Donna Philips! I also have Peter Levines' Somatic Experiencing and my SE teacher Sharon Porter to thank for helping me integrate those misunderstood parts of myself..
I bring up process and these healing modalities not only because they have served me so powerfully but also because i believe that at some point I will explore doing workshops with people that involve healing from trauma using these modalities together with (!) my puppetry in some way. Not sure, at this point, what that will look like but I think the more I trust the process the more I will be lead there.
Going back to the subject of EMDR - This summer I had a climactic struggle with part of the project ...I became deeply inspired to overcome this struggle so I shifted the focus (in EMDR) specifically to the creative process and my beliefs about myself and creating.. And I gotta say....(all of a sudden! 5 months later, things are coming easier in this area. I don't know why it is easier except that there seems to be less deliberation. Less mental back-and-forthing of ideas.
Take, for instance, this simple line I drew on the theatre in the photo above. It is in white chalk and traces around the word TWIG and starts to head down the sides.
simple, right? I have thought about what shape to make this border so many times and have never been satisfied. Last week I walked up to the theatre...drew the line without any mental process, stepped back and said " hmm, I like that." And that was that.
It was hard to believe there was no mental argument that ensued.
"I like that."
"Wait! You mean it could be that easy?"
Its almost embarrassing to write about this because it seems so absurd.....The mental processing, deliberation and questioning is a painful experience. It has made the creation process exhausting. This constant deliberation of ideas has, I believe, been masquerading as creative process. In the recent falling away of this tendency the truth is being revealed.....in the absence of self doubt there is an easy flow. Has very little to do with the theatre.
When it comes down to it...The whole theatre and puppets are a projection of myself. "No, wait, that's not good enough! Gotta draw that 10 more times before it is good enough!" I am enough already. I am enough already!! So, now I just notice when the mental back-and-forthing of ideas starts happening that I am simply doubting myself. Nothing else to do really but notice!
The theatre, the puppets, this whole project is teaching me how to trust myself. I love that! It is giving so much more than I could have asked for and I'm not even performing yet. Thank you all so much for investing in my project and the dream of magic!!
Here is yet another confirmation that things are shifting... I have been "trying" to design the front of the theatre for some time now....well, last week as I was doing something completely unrelated to the project, an image popped into my head. An image of trees. Trees from a painting I had seen some time ago......this, I knew, was to be the image for the front of the theatre. When i had time I looked online for the painting....I didn't remember the artist, just that I had seen the paintings many times in my Art Nouveau research.
It is the work of Sydney Long. An artist from the 1800's
and his trees are the ones that came to me
And these are indeed the trees I am painting on the theatre. All this time I have tried to come up with a design and then it just comes out of the ethers. like magic.
I wanted to mention David Bowie here....He died several weeks ago and I have been touched by his life and how he inspired so many. One of the things that really moved me was the last video he made (Lazarus) where he sings of being in heaven and being Free Like the Blue Bird this is in contrast to images of him deliberating and cogitating over his writing.I love that he chose to share and be transparent about his creation process.... that there was struggle there for him. He is a beautiful man; strange and most interesting. A brave explorer of the inner universe.
I am grateful for his being.
ok, so those trees....
Here is the first layer of blue/indigo sky.
Drawing trees with pencil
Twig logo with her little dots
The little owl I may paint on the border frame
First layer of brown paint on trees. I am delighted!
it is a most perfect design.The strong vertical lines are a perfect contrast to all the curves on the rest of the theatre.
Moon and stars of course! there will be more stars.
This indigo color photographs bright and beautiful but to the bare eye it is quite dark...so I will come in with a lighter blue that is a little more on the grey side. We shall see...it's play time
Here's some lighter blue
definitely favoring the deepnes of the other blue but I think this one could work
Sooooo...."back-stage" side of theatre!
And "audience side" of theatre!
I will finish up the painting and then put a border around the painted trees. The frame border will be cut out of 1/4" ply and then glue down...or I may raise it up off the theatre for a bit of shadowbox effect. We shall seeeee
Adding some detail to the Lantern Brackets
Finishing touches to Dragonfly door!
Remember this dragonfly tile? I could never get any acrylic paint to stick to it so i just sprayed it with a thick layer of primer
Ready for some paint now!!
Gold and bronze. As well a little handle from the second hand store.
ok, stay tuned for more!