Thursday, October 13, 2016

IMPROV, Day 2b

A central focus in this lesson on Improvisation-and-As-Much-Variety-As-You-Can-Stand was to create a piece with distinct variety quadrant to quadrant—make sure each quadrant looks sufficiently different, that they all look like separate entities and not as though they were all cut from the same 'cloth'—but without marking off a quadrant grid to do so.

I set myself a conscious challenge with my final piece, starting with color areas as follows, color areas that had half the painting undifferentiated colorwise—


Here's what the piece became—

Improv #6

Here are its quadrants—

 
 

Here's what I wrote when I submitted it—

Visual Content: What stands out to me in this piece, especially relative to my other pieces, is its ability to contain a high degree of variety while staying peaceful—there is ample quiet space surrounding the prominent shapes, and even within a couple of the shapes. The prevalent use of simple familiar shapes on a fairly neutral background creates a graphic impression. Because of the way I did my underpainting, the lower half had all green elements. I enjoyed having the quadrant test in mind when I started doing finishing touches—that guiding principle led me to find ways to differentiate the green spaces enough to have those two quadrants become distinct, thereby increasing the overall captivation factor for this piece.

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  1. Well done! I think part of the peacefulness is due to your use of tone on tone color. The colors in each quad are vivid and alive, but not jarring.

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    1. Sheila, thanks for the tone-on-tone observation; I'll need to put it to assiduous use in Lesson 7.

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  2. I can really see that you thought about quads. It is amazing that the greens in the cutouts is no longer dominent. As it is in the whole piece. Lovr all thr liytle pattetns. Especially in the greens. I am learning a lot from your experiments.

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    1. Thanks for your support and encouragement, Carol, and woo hoo that my experiments are offering up fodder in your own : )

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    2. was wondering do you actually cut out the quads?

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    3. The quads I've posted are created using the computer—I drag four copies from iPhoto to the desktop on my MacBook Pro; then open each one (they open in Preview) and crop the desired quadrant. That said, once this class is done I may well take some of my studies to my paper trimmer, cut them into quads, and make greeting cards +/or postcards with them. I'll probably post whatever evolves.

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