Friday, January 29, 2016

First of Who Knows How Many

You know how the horizon isn't a fixed thing? How it's kind of a moving target?

And how horizon can mean the limit or range of a person's knowledge, understanding, or experience?

Indeed!

Here's my first horizon-as-composition collage assignment and its evolution.

Edges
6x8", acrylic, collage, ink, and oil pastels on watercolor paper
abstract
2016
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    1. Sue, thanks! "Edges"was my response to a lesson in a downloaded class, and directions left off way too soon for me, so I felt quite at sea in short order!

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  2. Love it Dotty. Loved the trees, and it is so interesting to me that you obliterated them. Maybe a stand of cacti now? Lovely work, and lovely seeing the process. Yes, hopefully the first of many :)

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    1. Sheila, thanks for your comments. The trees felt too literal; hence their obliteration! Regrettably, I wasn't able to bring them back to their more abstracted life—see the earliest iteration. In fact, I lost one tree altogether somewhere in the process! More to come, because this exercise bumped me up against all sorts of rocks and hard places.

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  3. I heard that God made the earth flat so that we couldn't see what's coming. Ultimate wisdom- at least in my life! Your description of the horizon reminds me to accept the physical limitation, but to remember that just because that horizon exists with all it's limitations, doesn't mean that all that knowledge, understanding, extra senses don't exist. The supernatural "stuff" is within us, and I think it drives a lot of our creativity! (and maybe I'm tired....) Anyways, I love it, Dotty (and those teals). It looks like a peaceful tropical island. Beautiful work in this past month. Congratulations! I know we'll all keep going with our art and (especially in your case) the stories!

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    1. Laurie, love that in your comments you ran with and extended my horizons discussion. Thanks for your thoughtful insights. Even though my knee-jerk response to so many life experiences is to want to measure and weigh and have something I can see and touch, my richest deepest experience is always the invisible "stuff." And it's that invisible stuff that I seek through the act of painting and creating.

      Thanks for your comments about "Edges" as well. Love your peaceful tropical island perception.

      And, yes, the art and stories will keep on comin'!

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  4. Like it Dotty! Great balance, texture and design. And love that you're stretching your borders. What did you use to apply the black (ink?) line? Gillian

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    1. Hi Gillian, I'm laughing because I was at your blog mid-comment when your comment above came in here at MY blog! Thanks for your feedback on balance, texture, and design. This exercise was surprisingly difficult, combining as it did collage and paint (collage of this sort is new to me); all the usual challenges of composition, value, color, and so forth; and instructions that didn't take me far enough into the "assignment" to give me counter pressure to push against. Thanks for your encouragement of my stretching my borders. I feel buoyed!

      For the ink lines I think I used either a Pigma Micron or Sharpie pen from the art store.

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    1. So excited to see you here—welcome (again)!

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