Monday, 4 February 2008

And the winner is...

Karin!
Mr P picked the names from folded papers at random. Congratulations
Karin. I thought you might like this one as your prize since you like colour. I did it in my first year of art college when I was still mainly using bright colours (before I started to use lots of white and neutrals. I don't have it here to measure it, but I think each page is about 10 x 7cm. When I find it I'll make a cover for it (because I never was good at finishing things). Click image to see more detail...


'Flourishing' : watercolour and ink on paper, 1990
6 page concertina fold book from a design for wrapping paper and bedlinen


It was inspired by jellyfish, radiolarians and similar minute sea creatures, so much inspiration in the ocean. It wasn't until the next year when my health got much worse, that I started to see these shapes and forms as being also like the cells in our bodies. I never realised this before, but perhaps that's why I moved to neutral, earthy colours and white on white? Maybe it signified life taking a serious turn. Not that I abandoned colour, but I used it 50% less.

But wait, more winners because I like things in 3's... I asked Mr P to pick two more names to each receive a black and white copy of a mini book developed from pages of the 4 day sketchbook (click on 'the 4 day sketchbook' label at the end of the post to see more pages). Karin, you'll get a copy of this as well as the other book. The names he picked out were Heather and Deedeen, well done ladies! I will contact you all by email to get your addresses. Here are a few more shots of the original 4 day sketchbook with some of the pages that will be in your printed copies...



a few more pages from the 4 day sketchbook, 1991

20 comments:

Marie-Louise said...

so nice photos of this sketchbook!

pussman said...

waw that colourful folding paper is just amazing!!
I am a real colour freak and these are really my colours. Did you paint this??

karin said...

Hello Cally,
you don't know, how happy you make me with this genererous gift. And especially with this one! Cause I love the sea and what lives in it!!! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. You are a darling!

cally said...

Marie-Louise
thanks, glad you like

pussman-
yes, i painted it. i wrote that it is watercolour, but it probably was also gouache paint as well.

karin
that's great, i was pretty sure you'd like this one more than the later ones. i'm happy to see it go to such a great home.

Marjojo said...

Oh, these are lovely, Cally. It must have taken ages of painstaking work and concentration to produce them, seems quite outside of the ME-mind-frame, at least to me. I would love to draw more but find it difficult, partly because my hand-coordination isn't that precise at the moment and I couldn't sustain that kind of work for longer periods of time. Need to be really 'awake' to manage more than the most basic of drawings. How about you?
And thanks for your lovely comment. I crave to see your little bag of rings of hair!

Miss P said...

Oh Cally, these are simply beautiful and truly amazing - what skill and talent you have! I wish I had your talent! They are just so gorgeous. Congrats to all who have won these precious gifts - I'm rather envious! Thinking of you as always Cally, love Miss P xx

andrea tachezy said...

Cally, the black and white sketchbooks are amazing.
And congratulations to the happy winners!

Tay said...

"Flourishing" is simply STUNNING! you know I love all those teeny-tiny sea creatures and their amazing structures. They inspire my jewelry and painting as well.

So glad to have you back from your blogging break. I had fun digging into your archives. Wowza, girl. You make and find such beautiful stuff!

sending you warm thoughts and a little energy boost...

cally said...

Marjojo
It hurt! I remember my hand and wrist ached and I got blisters, but it was my way of venting my anger and frustration after a fight with my boyfriend, much better than wasting energy stomping around.

My hands definitely worked better then than they do now, I suppose I had youth in my favour (and the caffeine rush from red bull).

In the days before I knew what was wrong with me I'd go 3 days without sleep getting a LOT of work done during the manic phase, but then I'd crash.

My arm muscles have been getting much worse in the last couple of years, especially since october, so that type of fiddly work is generally beyond me these days, which is why I'm so grateful you inspired me to pick up the crochet again. That joy of simply undoing mistakes, wish I could do that with ink, then I'd be a happy bunny.

I'll take a photo of the hair rings sometime.

hrsj said...

Oh cally these are stunning, intricate and so lovely! The patterns and shapes are involving and I'm so excited that my name was picked! Thank you sweet Cally!

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Incredible goooodnessssss!!! I am so terribly delighted for the winners!! Hugs Miss Cally!! Thank you for the rain ans SNOW!! yiiipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee xo

Katrina said...

wow! what gorgeous, gorgeous work. thanks for your kind comment on my blog. i'm glad our virtual stars crossed paths. so nice to meet you in blogland. your work is super. xoxo

Uschi said...

Amazing, Cally, something so extremely beautiful created out of anger!!! I appreciate so much, what you are able to do with your limited energy!!

deedeen said...

wow, thank you so much, I'm so glad I won!! And it's so nice of you to offer more, that black and white book seem so amazing, can't wait to have it, thank you!!!

gracia said...

I really enjoyed seeing some of your beautiful work, Cally... g xo

Stephanie said...

I am happy you are back. I get so much enjoyment from your word and work.

x...x

vegasandvenice said...

hey beautiful,

oh my! your work is always so lovely! i adore!

xox=vv.

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Kruse said...

Cally, thank you for your supportive comments on my blog. So nice to know that there are other people 'out there.'
I loved your all white winter blog, stunning. Hope you feel better as the spring sun begins to shine.

babelfish said...

What a fabulous prize, really love them both -so gorgeous!

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