Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mapmaking

Started with a quick cruciform format, ended with what feels like a little map.

And, in fact, this card maps several discoveries:

• the ink from a Uni-ball Signo gel pen may dry to be water resistant, but give it plenty of time;
• likewise, give matte medium ample time to cure before scribbling on it with wax pastels which will lift the polymer right off the substrate; and, finally,
• give the ink from a Pilot V Razor Point pen wide berth until it sets unless you're going for the smudged look.

Postcard 16
4x5", acrylic, ink, collage, and wax pastels on manila stock
abstract
2016
[not for sale]

8 comments:

  1. Love the squiggle down the middle and the swoops of 3d blue at top and bottom that pop right out. Looks like some kind of treasure map that a recluse eccentric artist created and left behind for others to locate something magical.

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    1. Corinna, thanks for your comments—love finding out what caught your eye and what impression the overall composition created. I might just become that reclusive eccentric artist (I'm partway there already)!

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    2. Being a reclusive artist hermit is kinda fun! Love the map idea...

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    3. I'm happy to have my online art buddies to bring balance to my otherwise solitary studio time : )

      Maybe this is a map to fellow artists!

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  2. I have always loved maps. Always wondered what is beneath those weird names and lines, and green and blue and brown colours. they have something mysterious in themselves. That's what I find in this map, especially in the black line in the middle.

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    1. Simone, love your appreciation for maps! I still remember the first maps I ever drew.

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  3. Maps and words, always intriguing! Railroad tracks, patches of land, fields, farms, a flooded river. I love how the dark blue under the address label seems to make it float... a 3D effect. :)

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    1. Sheila—thanks for your comments and perceptions and observations, all giving me new perspectives on my painting. Love seeing it anew through your eyes! Art is a gift that keeps on giving in so many ways.

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