|I Spy (Sailing With Ellsworth)|
collage-image size approx 15" x 18"
|Forest Study 1|
Approx size 11" x 14"
Though I like both results, the top piece feels the most like me. I started with that turquoise rectangle in the middle area. From there, I added other shapes to give a kind of "under structure." Because I didn't start with a specific theme or whatever, I looked to the shapes to provide a little story. Those blue shapes with the angles started to look like boats to me. A beach idea came to mind. I had trouble though when it came to advancing things into that top area. How to get from the middle to the top? I really wanted a sort of "standalone" shape, one that was its own thing but that blended with the other areas. All of a sudden, I thought to myself, "What about piano keys?" In quilting, a piano key border is very common and often very effective. Why not in painting? As I visualized it, I thought about this painting by Ellsworth Kelly. It's one of my favorites for its sheer simplicity of idea. Once it was down, that was it. I brainstormed about some other ideas and round portholes seemed appropriate. One thing led to another and then I was all done!
The second piece isn't quite me. I wanted to try just laying down shapes without relying on a grid. Though I am not super fond of this one, I am glad that I did it. I know now that I either need to go "grid less" or use the grid effectively. This one is somewhere in the middle I feel.
I'd say that overall, the best times for me in the studio seem to be when there are these "a-ha" moments when I realize that I have no idea where something came from but it has appeared and it is just right. I could not have drawn the above two pieces with a conscious effort. Not yet. I realized this morning that I don't draw this way really. I don't know why exactly but I am considering things.
OK, hope everyone is having a good week so far. Thanks for reading and commenting.