Friday, November 11, 2016

MOSTLY MONOCHROME, Day 5

Even with practice, and even with the gift of delicious results, adding layers to a painting is so often difficult. It is not yet second nature to me, not yet a part of the adventure into which I jump with unfailing confidence and excitement.

For Pete's sake, look at what I do to myself. I take a piece of paper—for example, in this case, a card received from the hospice folks who cared for my mom and our family a year ago in October, cut it into a few pieces, and glue the pieces in place. All the while, I know I'm going to paint over the collage. I know it will become no more than an element of texture in the completed painting. Yet I go on to add pattern on the page in a carefully and happily matched color. No wonder I have trouble adding layers!

Mostly Monochrome—start #5
Mostly Monochrome #5


6 comments:

  1. I truly understand what you are going through!We start a painting/collage with a certain attitude and usually just want to cover/repair what we think is not working..Guess we have to develop another attitude or concept when starting. An attitude that includes not getting too attached. Just shadows of the collage show through. Love the color variation and scribbling. Later you will make your own restrictions!!!

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    1. Always new horizons!

      Not getting too attached. Yup, that's the crux.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes, later (soon now!), I'll make my own restrictions.

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  2. The transformation between the two paintings is amazing! In the second I see a Chinese Dragon surrounded by stars in a glorious blue sky.

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    1. Joje, I was just today thinking I hadn't seen you here for awhile, and now here you are! AWESOME interpretation—yes, a Chinese Dragon. I hadn't put words to what I saw in this piece but I also was thinking Asian motif.

      Did you recognize the card from hospice? : )

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  3. It is wonderful to see this glowing spark in the dark night!

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    1. Thanks, Simone! It was fun to get those little stars shining their light.

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