The art process often takes on a life of it’s own as seen in this dragonfly in process. Instead of stopping when the wings were drawn in I’ve gone too far with them and have created problems that need solving. Why did I feel the need to put all these holes in the wings and how do I fix them? There is an ever present therapeutic back story to my work which accounts somewhat for the paper punch holes in the wings (think hole to whole) but there is more to it than that. As an artist I believe I create new challenges so I can experiment and grow in my expertise in my medium. As an art teacher this is a specially helpful trait as it gives me an inside track on when my students ‘go too far’, ‘make mistakes’, etc. in their own work.
Originally I had placed the dragonfly on the windowsill to dry but found I liked the effect enough to photograph it. He sits on the inside looking out, waiting for spring and so do I.