10" x 10" Acrylic on MDF Board, 3/4" profile
|Reverse of Hillside Tree|
Collage-Found and personal materials
|Notes from sketchbook supporting assertions of insanity|
|Same as above only worse|
I did photograph the piece that was finished on Wednesday. (See first and second pics.) You can see that I haven't attached the "d" rings for hanging yet. Boy, am I in love with those cloud forms! Honestly. I always look around to see how someone else would handle shapes in a large area like the sky. Plus I am always looking at the sky in general, trying to see what shapes are there naturally. My goal was to fill that space, either with shapes or with color and I think I did pretty well. A funny thing happened too while I was taking that photo. I was standing there staring up at the tree and a man came along to ask me if there was a critter up on the hillside or something. I had to admit that I was just looking at the tree and felt sort of silly. A couple of days later, back on the trail, I saw this same guy again. He remembered me and asked if my photos came out well. Kind of fun.
The third and fourth pics show my sketchbook notes from Friday. I try to write down ideas as they occur. My methods are very complex obviously! I just put a highlight next to the word "idea" so I can find it later. (I have trouble reading my own writing!) I also have a small pocket recorder that I have taken to using while driving or walking. If I think something that I want to remember I just record the message and transcribe the notes into my sketchbook for later. It sounds silly but it works.
I cleaned out my studio this week. Super bad art work got tossed along with papers and stuff that will never get used. Drawers were organized and the closet got straightened out. I find that cleaning like this, being ruthless about tossing and keeping, helps to free up the space both mentally and physically for new ideas. I have this collage thing on the brain! I also watched a documentary on Georgia O'Keeffe last night. I had never seen her work of buildings or landscapes before and that was quite a revelation for me. Her use of line, color, and shading rather than fussy and detailed adornment is so very refreshing for me to see. Especially that line work. You don't just wake up one day knowing how to do that. She spent years and years being an artist, right up until her death, and what a payback on the effort. No kidding. So, I came away with a new appreciation for her work.
I sure hope everyone had a creative week. Thanks for reading and commenting:)