Monday, February 6, 2017

Groundhog Poking Its Nose Out

Way way back in November I spread a bunch of bright colors on paper. Did this and that. Cut the paper into smaller pieces.

Eventually one of the pieces became this:


Then this:


Then it went into hibernation in December (how did it get to go into hibernation and I didn't, I ask you). Perhaps kin to the ground hog, it poked its nose out a few days ago in broad daylight and decided to stay above ground in the light of day.

Face to Face
3x4"; acrylic, ink, and pastels on paper
abstract
2017
[gifted]

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful title!!! Yes, there is a positive feel about this. Bright colors, textures,and movement. I envy your bold black lines. Inspiration for workshop today!!! Sunny days to come.

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    1. The title of this painting was inspired by the recent blog post of a friend I made two years ago at the YMCA camp where I go to family camp every August. We get lots of wonderful face to face time at camp but don't see each other except at camp. She is also a painter so I decided brush to brush could substitute for face to face in February, and the above painting is in the mail on its way to Jane. Thanks for your input re its positive feel, bright colors, texture, movement, and bold black lines. Glad it feels like inspiration for workshop today!

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  2. There is something about these shapes and then when you add more line work - well it just comes together. Great veiling and texture in the background. Agree with Carol - love the title!

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Janet. It's fun for me to reflect back on this piece. It's just a tiny little thing, but I enjoyed the various stages, each of which took place with time lapses in between, each of which was pretty intuitive. The veiling was pretty straightforward, though not something I usually do with much ease. I don't even remember how I got the texture. Looks like I might have used matte medium on top of the veiling back in the fall—it predates the work I did once I started adding the linework. My oil pastels played up that texture.

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  3. Love!! Love the grid pattern, love the lacy black lines, the wonky Dotty circles, and the pieces and patches of color everywhere! I remember years ago, being so disappointed that I could not draw a beautiful perfect circle. Bah! Wonky is way better!!

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    1. Perfect is WAY overrated, don'tcha think?, especially when pitted against wonky.

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