Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lesson 5, Project 2, Exercises 5 & 6

Back to my open-grid-collage-and-line assignment again.

I cheated this time—drew the line first! Loved making a completely uninhibited line on a blank canvas without having to take into account how a pen or other line-maker would fare going over collage.

I love the line itself—it reads as calligraphic code in my mind.

Used my own handpainted collage paper again. Continue to love it. I chose to focus only on neutrals in this piece—had to push myself a little, what with several sheets of vibrant colors competing for my attention—but the neutrals were fun, especially with the muted background of the wash on the manila stock I'd prepped.

As I've done before, I worked with a 5x8" format, knowing I'd cut the piece into two postcards at the end. I like the challenge of that approach, creating something that with any good fortune will hold together compositionally both before and after cutting.

 line with open grid collage

Yes, I do hesitate momentarily at my paper trimmer. When I like a piece, cutting it in half takes a bit of derring do.

I like the interplay of the soothing neutrals and the little spritz of energetic boldness in the line.

Postcard 29
4x5", collage and ink on manilla stock
abstract
2016
[not for sale]

Postcard 30
4x5", collage and ink on manilla stock
abstract
2016
[not for sale]




8 comments:

  1. Postcard 30 is striking me right for no reason I can put into words. I just really like it!

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    1. Perfect (says Gma Dorce)! One of the things I love about art is that it is wordless : )

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  2. The first thing that catches my eyes is the caligraphic scribble: it really looks like Chinese caligraphy to me, wonderful and powerful!

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    1. That was my thought, too, that it looked like Chinese or Japanese calligraphy. What I loved was that it came so organically and spontaneously from my hand!

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  3. These are all cool, Dotty! #2 reminds me of our busy lives: little post it notes pinned everywhere, lots to do, papers clipped here and there. Life! #3 -At the Rodeo!!

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    1. I'm loving your interpretations of these pieces, Laurie! I'm going to have to start giving them names, i.e. the names you've already provided!! Thank you for your comments.

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  4. Love how you describe it coming organically from your hand Dotty. The wonderful black line. Love the curvaceous fluidity in contrast with the solid blocks of color and pattern. This is a win, win, win ;)

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    1. Sheila, don't we just live for those times when the creation bypasses our thinking center and self-expresses through our hands?!

      Your description of the compositional contrasts resonates with contrasting parts in me—the flow part and the solid blocks parts of me show themselves in many ways!

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