Wednesday, October 19, 2016


In Lesson 7, one of the instructions was to stay with one color palette for no fewer than three pieces, to just keep going deep within narrow boundaries. I liked the push to keep investigating. The decisions related to the monochromatic-palette-and-stripes limitation for unity, along with the tone-on-tone-and-low-contrast limitation for variety, captivated and challenged me.

My mental set for the lesson was what happens if I do this?

What happens if I

  • paint a dark stripe next to a light stripe? 
  • paint stripes with minimal value variation side by side?
  • use collage with a tiny bit of stenciling on it? 
  • collage some long skinny triangles along a stripe? 
  • paint soft blended edges between stripes? 
  • paint crisp edges?

Monostripes #3
mark-making ranges from barely visible tone-on-tone circles
in the 4th stripe from the top,
to a higher-contrast scribble
running across the 4th stripe from the bottom,
to textural collage triangles creating a sense of movement
across the center stripe


  1. I love how three dimensional this looks, as if a light breeze has caused it to ripple.

    1. Thanks, Joje. I like the light breeze idea rippling across these stripes—maybe I've painted a flag, with that little square in the upper lefthand corner!

  2. A flag is what came to mind for me Dotty. I love the soft and hard edges. the subtle marks at the top and bottom, and that bold zig zag. The arrows are energetic, and I think my favorite part is the unexpected or, out of place square at the top. (One of these things is not like the others) LOL

    1. Laughing out loud with delight at your one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-others allusion! Love that the unexpected/out-of-place square at the top appeals to you—that kind of asymmetry has always appealed to me and, in fact, feels like a component of balance.

    2. LOL, It does somehow balance the piece :)

  3. Dotty, I love reading your posts. Your work is inspiring. I wish my time with my two littles was not so consuming. I seem to be missing every other week :( I catch up. I am loving the assignments. They are pushing me in ways I never knew I could create art or think about art. Best, Marissa

    1. Marissa, so much fun for you to pop up out of context, so to speak, at this blog. Thanks for your kind words about my posts and my work. I, too, am loving the assignments Jane gives us but she has me scrambling, I tell ya!—I am working my ever-lovin' little tail off and barely have time to come up for air. It is my wish and intent with lesson 8 to return to spending more time enjoying others' posts and sharing comments again. Haven't been able to do so for nearly three weeks now.

    2. Stripes are great! I feel that Jane's restrictions really test tje ability to see and explore. That is a great lesson. Excuse typos... typing on phone. I see you don't post on G +... following

    3. I agree, Jane's parameters open doors to exploring and seeing in new ways. I've gotta say, my brain is in hyperdrive currently, with all the investigation and challenge!

      I don't post on G+. To date, I haven't learned what it is, how to use it …

  4. you have posts there.preety easy actually. Paste your URL. Viola!
    I know if I comment there it shows on H our blog.