image size 12" x 16" matted to 16" x 20"
painted acrylic papers on wc paper
This week I worked on and completed the above piece. The colors are different for me though I consider the selection to be a refinement of some ideas that have guided me for the past year or so. The idea for the piece started out as a sketch about nothing in particular. It morphed itself into these people that appeared, to me at least, to be at the pool, swimming and diving. I named the piece Plunge because when I was a kid, we had a public pool called the Hayward Plunge. We also had a neighborhood pool called Farrelly Pool. The colors reminded me somehow of being a kid and going to the pool:)
Color is such a big component of design. And it's an issue for me. I have been relying on an idea of usage that I see now has been too vague. With the last two pieces though I feel like things are much clearer for me. I looked again at Joen Wolfrum's color tool. It's designed for quilters but very applicable to artists of all sorts. Based on the Ive's color wheel, it's a 24 step set of color cards that are meant to help you see color relationships and to organize those relationships into meaningful harmonies via the concept of proportion. At least that is how I see the tool's purpose. All these years I think I haven't really understood how to use the cards. It wasn't until recently that I buckled down and applied the concepts. The piece with the Lime Heads was made using the ideas and I think the results were good. It isn't that I am following a formula but that I think I understand better now about the guiding principle of proportion and how to apply that to color. And boy, the colors are gorgeous! I think they are anyway and it's a total surprise to me how the piece turned out. So, those are both good things for me. Maybe I am a step closer to solving some problems.
On another note, I had a very nice email this week from Laurie Fendrich. (Laurie is a New York based artist whose work has really inspired me. If you look at her drawings on her site, your will see right away what I mean.) I reached out to Laurie to thank her for providing such inspiration. It probably sounds stupid that I would do that. There is so much good content on the web these days though and people think nothing of the images and information that they provide for free. The impact from that sharing can be very meaningful and I think it is important to say thank you; to acknowledge that effort. Most of the time people don't write back. Sometimes they do though and that is gratifying. Laurie was very gracious and I was happy to hear from her.
I sure hope everyone had a good week. I am curious to know how anyone reading may use the comments that you get on your own blog. I'd like to know!
Thanks for reading and (hopefully) commenting:)