I've been watching YouTube clips of other artists' at work, drinking in their sense of adventure and experimentation. As I worked on this piece, I rotated the canvas repeatedly to jolt myself into new perspectives throughout. I tried whatever came to mind. If I didn't like what landed on my canvas, I either wiped it off or covered it with something else. Since I don't have much in the way of stencils for texture I cut one of my own from the plastic lid of a yogurt container, and I opted to create texture through various doodles.
Here's what I was instructed to remember while working:
• The piece should NOT look like a Cross On Background. Make the transitions between positive and negative space gradual, interesting, ambiguous.
• Make each quadrant different in shape and proportion, and mix up the size and proportions of the arms of the cross.
• The cruciform shape should grab attention, while the quadrants hang back.
• Use multiple bits of collage and paint in the arms of the cross.
• Keep the cruciform on the vertical and horizontal; no exaggerated diagonals.
I'm happy to receive feedback.
On to more cruciform compositions!
4x4", collage, acrylic, ink, and oil pastels on canvas paper