14" x 18" Mixed Media
I say everything old is new again for several reasons. First, those curly bits of bright pink algae are very Matisse right? They are also very quilty! Meander style quilting is one of the most common ways to finish a quilt. Before I stopped with that hobby, I was pretty proficient at overall meander quilting. My hands make those motions naturally because I am a doodler. I used to doodle in school, in meetings at work and certainly while on the phone. So, doodling is what I had in mind when I drew those hot pink shapes. I really wanted to see if more organic shapes could merge and blend with more geometric shapes. Rich didn't care for the colors or the combination of shapes. I am pretty pleased though.
The piece though was difficult for me to put together. I had no plan when I started other than the colors. I had an idea stuck in my head that stymied my progress. Once I abandoned the idea, things started to flow. I learned (again) that contrast is not always about going darker. Sometimes a lighter value is better. Sometimes you need something more chromatic. Sometimes both things are needed. I also learned again about gathering shapes and values to make a larger statement as well as leaving white space to rest the eye upon. I got some good practice too with removing shapes that were already glued down and had dried. It's a little nerve wracking but you deal, do it and keep going. And lastly, I am beginning to see that color itself-pure and simple-is a design element. I hadn't really grasped this before but I found it to be very true for this piece. Sometimes things take awhile to click!
OK, hope the weekend is off to a good start for everyone. I am excited because I have an upcoming trip to UC Davis planned. I love going there-so much learning and earnestness of purpose. It's a very cutting edge sort of place too and I am looking forward to some good people watching as well.
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