|Round The Clock|
12" x 16" acrylic painted papers on wc paper
The first piece shown was completed yesterday. I had the idea originally about farming at night. That idea got combined with some other imagery from my trips up and down several roads that run through the orchards here. The idea of contrasting the white with the darker colors appealed to me. The color scheme is somewhat new to me and I am not sure how well I organized my ideas. Rich came in and said that the leaves looked like Spring to Autumn. Alright then. Ever forward.
I have also been doing some sketching on the computer using the simple MS Paint program that came with our initial package of software. The first two images are me thinking about placing one color next to different colors, in different proportions, to see what happens. The remainder of the sketches are meant to help me work out ideas regarding composition. From a visual perspective, I am interested in the "weight" of shapes and colors and how those things combine to create push and pull. Can my eye see something?
I also read a blog post recently about older artists and the physical demands of creating, such as standing at your easel or sitting for long periods of time or even of how your hands can hurt while using your materials. Like it or not, we will all get older, God willing. What happens when things begin to be physically uncomfortable or if the space in your home becomes limited? The computer or phone could be the answer. I felt every bit as creative making these sketches as I have felt painting actual pieces. The same decisions are involved; the same considerations of color, shape and line selection. The creative process and its physical demands is something to seriously consider. I am not planning on laying down and being frail anytime soon but why shouldn't I exercise all of my options to create work?
OK, hope the week is off to a good start for everyone. Thanks for reading and commenting.