Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jan 2017 30in30, Day 12

Three days ago, this 8x10":


Two days ago, the top half of the above became this 5x8":


Yesterday, the right half of the above became this 4x5":


Today, the left half becomes this 4x5":
Never Can Tell What Lies Ahead
4x5"; acrylic, ink, pastel, and
torn-tissue and hand-painted collage on canvas paper
abstract
2017
$45

Never Can Tell reminds me of walking to and from the Point at Takodah for opening campfire each year at family camp. We shine our flashlights to find our way back through the woods to our cabins afterwards.

My title comes courtesy of my following Jen Walls into the woods, so to speak; she is using the musical Into the Woods and its metaphors as her theme this month—many wonderful lyrics in that musical.

I could also have entitled this piece ICU since it ended up in intensive care repeatedly as it came into being—some really big gaffes occurred en route as well as some heroic (and satisfying) emergency medical procedures.

19 comments:

  1. I really enjoy your work Dottie.:)

    Maryann

    www.maryanndidriksen.com

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  2. Maryann, oh my gosh, thank you! I love your art and often poke around your website. I'm a Jersey gal by upbringing—lived there through high school : )

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  3. Heroic procedures! Love that! and again, fascinated with your process. It is stirring about in my head like bone broth...getting richer and more flavorful with each passing hour.

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    1. I should qualify as an EMT soon if I haven't already!

      I've been working a little ahead this week so I can post while I travel over the next few days. The piece I worked on first thing this morning was feeling so excellent. Then I came back w an experiment. I'll have my work cut out for me upon return! But, the fun part is that it feels like an adventure. No telling where it might take me!

      Gotta love bone broth : )

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  4. Loved seeing the day by day evolution and reading about its trip to the ICU!

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    1. Coulda used Bud's help in the ICU!

      Thanks for your enthusiasm for seeing the process. It's been really engaging and challenging and (mostly) fun for me.

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  5. The transformation is amazing. No way could see the connection to the original. Each one has it's own special character. Your corageous spirit is amazing. Hope a little will rub off on me.

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    1. Carol, fun to hear you say you couldn't see the connection to the original. I'm flabbergasted by how different the final two pieces in each set are, e.g. see today and yesterday—they literally are two halves of the same 5x8", but ended up so different from each other.

      Thanks for your affirmation of my courageous spirit—it is growing, to my great delight.

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    2. Are you going to the same for the bottom half of the 5 x 8?

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    3. Yup, if "the same" means paint, cut in half, add paint to each half, cut those halves in half, etc, until I end up with all 4x5" pieces. As to how "the same" any two pieces will look, chances ain't good based on evidence thus far!

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  6. I giggled a little at the painting being in ICU. Well, at first I thought you meant YOU were in ICU, and then I reread it..oh, whew! :D

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    1. Now it's my turn to giggle—a tour in the ICU might be just the place for me!

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  7. ICU, too funny. That would make you and EMT :) Love this Dotty. Love that I had no idea, and neither did you, of what it would become. The transformation is spectacular. But, I find I am just little sad to know that first soft piece is no more.
    I love the golden path in this, and the collaged pieces add depth. Always love your scribbles :)

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    1. I have a nephew who's a paramedic; I think I could be joining his ranks in the near future!

      I am loving the not-knowing-what-anything-will-become aspect of my pieces for this challenge. Love the transformation from start to finish, and I'm equally mesmerized by how the two final pieces (halves of the same piece) can transform to be dramatically different from each other; witness the two 4x5's above!

      I understand your sadness about the loss of that first soft piece but I do want to say that one of the huge gifts of painting in my life is the chance over and over and over again to let go, let go, let go. It's part of why I took up painting, I think.

      Thanks for your comments about the golden path, collaged pieces and scribbles.

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    2. You inspire me in that, your fearlessness :) Rock on Dear Dotty!

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  8. Hi Dotty, so nice to see this process of cutting in half ending up to this beautiful mini!

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    1. Thank you. Isn't it fun? The more times I do this, the more relaxed I get in my art overall. It's been a great process for me.

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  9. Scary process producing some wonderful art. The two paintings are equally mesmerising. Yes, like Sheila, sorry the larger one had the chop but I can see it being liberating. I hang onto too many that just didn't work out - maybe I have learnt a lesson...........1

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    1. Marion, thanks for your comments. I might have been more reluctant to give the larger one the chop if I hadn't had the intention from the start to keep working my way 'down' to the 4x5's. If I'd been assessing the larger piece en route to decide if it was already finished or not, I might have viewed the larger one differently and been more hesitant to chop. As it was, on I went!

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