Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Dorothy of Oz and I may share a name but my exclamation might be Patterns and Density and Scale, Oh My!

Started mucking about today with the aforementioned.

I thought it'd be relaxing to do no more than use a variety of tools to create a smattering of patterns of varying density and scale. To my surprise, though, I felt antsy without composition or color as a driving force. Further, while playing with neutrals satisfied an itch yesterday, today those neutrals seemed kinda lackluster and, well, neutral.

That said, I had fun using a brayer, pens, bottle caps, ear plugs, brushes, foam stamps, and wax pastels to create this, that, and the other.

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8 comments:

  1. This, That, and the Other, Oh My!
    Your designs are getting more and more diverse, sophisticated, and compelling. I love the direction(s) you are going. The second "that" and the last "other are my favorites!

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    1. Laurie, wish I'd thought of your alternate title myself: This, That, and the Other, Oh My! I always enjoy your titles.

      Thanks for your feedback and for your support of my trying this, that, and the other, oh my! Sometimes I look up and ask myself, "How did I get HERE?" Back when I started painting back in spring 2014, I never would have envisioned playing with just about anything I've played with over the past six months. I love the adventure of it all!

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  2. I'm also drawn to the second "that." It reminds me of puzzle pieces, one of the themes in the scrap book you, Laur and I made for Muth and Futh.

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    1. Fun that my pattern triggered memories of the scrapbook, Worker Bee! I used an ink stamp I have from when my kids were little.

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  3. I like that, that,... and well all the others. Love your playfulness, and patterns. I am a pattern gal, LOL. Love the metallic, and scribbles and lines. Curious what these will become, even if it is months from now. :)

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Sheila. Not sure what I'll do with these pages. Short term, I think they're going to act as a reference I can use to spark ideas as I undertake painting exercises where pattern is the overarching focus. Down the road, I might tear or cut up pieces to use as collage.

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  4. Dotty, I really like the first That. Love the shapes.

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    1. Ann, thanks for chiming in! The black donuts in particular appeal to me because of their inherent imprecision, their free self-expression.

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