WELCOME into my life.
For me - my work and life is very simple: I ONLY have to portray the truth; no mood, no emotions, no political (or other) hidden messages; ONLY the bare bones (and skins, feathers, fluff, shells, etc. ha-ha-ha sometimes a little hidden) that I SEE. The images portrayed on 'THE WALL' of the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center, in Torrance, CA all start with a walk in the Marsh or Native Plant Garden. There I ENVISION an image for the wall. The immediate partner of that vision is the SKETCH. In my studio, away from the wall, I can twist and turn - pose - adjust - and then DECIDE on the image(s) that will be painted. This may very well NOT BE THE FINAL portrayal of the image. Standing in front of the wall on top of an 8-foot ladder, or lying flat on my belly on the floor has the power to change the perspective I had in my nice, cozy little studio.
So-o-o-o: my vision for this sketchbook right here this very present moment is to get that first sketch into the book - - - and also: it may very well NOT BE on the first page.
Please enjoy my journey while creating the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center MURAL. I hope you will participate in the PROCESS of the creation of this beautiful wall as it grows from its present infancy through all the stages (much like children do) until the day when I can hand over the car keys and send it on its journey independently.
Shared with my heart and soul - Estelle DeRidder
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