collage-image size 15" x 18"
So, I stopped making landscapes. I couldn't make another one. I remember thinking that the last one I made was stiff and awful and that if I had to paint another one, well, I would just quit painting altogether! I am glad I didn't listen to myself! I didn't quit but dug in and retrenched, as they say. Today I went back over some of my notes for the last two years. It's obvious that I have been searching, trying on new ideas and new ways of working. And although I feel firmer in my resolve to pursue collage, I can't say that I am finished with anything else that might be out there. I am open, in other words..
What I can say is that now, with the above piece, I feel like I have come sort of full circle. I still have the hard edged shapes that I love so much (I used those in my landscape work also) and I still employ a kind of patterning, to my mind anyway. And now I have tried again to reference the colors in my immediate surroundings. I've done this by going back to making triad mixes (previously I had somewhat abandoned this practice). In my mind's eye, I can see the way my landscape looks, the colors that I want. The triad mixes are just the method to use to get the right color idea.
I am really pleased with the above piece, both because of the colors that I chose but also because I employed the "question and answer" method of problem solving that I have been trying lately. Finishing the piece was a little easier. And I called the piece Crossover because of the way that I think I went back and forth between things that I have done in the past, such as quilting and landscape painting, and things that I know about now such as color mixing and conveying my own idea of something.
Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend. Thanks for reading and commenting.