|Can You Hear Me Now?|
Image size 12" x 16" matted to 16" x 20"
painted acrylic paper on watercolor paper
The sketch started as those two shapes in the middle. I have been looking at a lot of pottery lately and I saw some similar shapes in my travels around the Internet. I took the two shapes and embellished on them to make a little story. If anyone reading makes any sort of associations with any of the shapes please let me know. I am genuinely interested.
The stripes as well as the color combination are new for me. I printed the stripes from my computer onto painted paper then covered the paper with a matte clear varnish. The varnish ensures that I can wipe the paper free of glue while I am working. I was fascinated to see how the stripes added movement, direction and a wonderful pop of contrast. I used them in small amounts though, being the cautious person that I am. Is anyone familiar with the work of Sam Vanni or Stuart Davis? Vanni used a lot of lines in his work and Davis used a lot of black and lettering. The contrast provided by those elements is very appealing to me. There is a real crispness to the works that I like as well. I love being able to draw on the ideas of those artists that have come before me. Somehow, combining some of those ideas with my own creates a very fun sort of synthesis for me. And I will say that I really enjoy this new color combination. At first I was dismayed because it seemed like Coke and Pepsi were fighting! Once I added the green though I started to feel better. I make associations for every color, incidentally. So, the pieces are always infused with meaning for me from that standpoint.
OK, enough! Testing out a new substrate today, going for a walk, and enjoying some unseasonably warm weather. California. Gotta love it!
Thanks for reading and commenting,