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Contemplation Columns 14", 12" and 10" x 2.5"
This new set of columns was completed on Thursday and they took a little trip with me to visit my friend and hairdresser for an evaluation. No one except Rich has seen these in person so I need an opinion. My friend has a discerning nature with a solid aesthetic and so I thought she could help. Plus, she is tactful so I knew it would be fairly painless!
While she liked them, her first reaction wasn't of the "wowza" variety. Her input was that the solid colors weren't as exciting as the more textured papers. I also think she was saying that the uniformity of the pattern itself could have been a little more random. I told her about the clear acrylic bases idea that I have and she seemed enthused about that. She did think they were well constructed. (I am always super concerned about workmanship.) And though these aren't her colors, she appreciated that they are my color choices. And finally, she is the second person who has told me that she thought these columns were bigger.
It was good to see these things in place, somewhere else. It's fine for me to have them in my studio-they belong here because of everything else that is here. But I want to think about the columns in another place too, like in someone's house, on their desk or mantle.
I think the idea of greater contrast between the solid paper and patterned/textured paper is definitely on the agenda. (She may have liked these columns better.) I like the more regular patterning of the shapes themselves that I chose this time. Sides 1 and 3 are the same and sides 2 and 4 are the same with regard to shape size.
Now, the bases are another story. Clear acrylic bases would be great but they are cost prohibitive for me. I do think they would elevate the idea and cause the columns to appear to be "floating." I could probably just try a few and see what happens.
So, good feedback from a live, in-person person. Online feedback helps too (and is another valid tool for me) but looking at pictures is different from seeing something in person of course.
OK, I am on to the next idea. I have some paper selected and will be working on a composition. Hope everyone's weekend is off to a good start. Thanks for reading and commenting.