Friday, February 17, 2017

Lining Things Up

Moseyed into my studio not knowing what or if I would add to Vova II. Stayed in a quiet place of pause until collage came to mind.

I sifted through my handpainted collage papers and found two that called out to me. Headed for my paper trimmer to cut thin strips, but stopped. Tore my strips instead. Savored the satisfying feeling of spreading matte medium, placing my strips, pressing them down, and further securing them with more medium.

Then I did stop. I think this piece needs to stay simple. It's part of a possible project where less-is-more may be key.

Vova II 21717 [working title] 

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10 comments:

  1. I love your process! Sometimes you have to wait. I love tearing paper, gives it more character. Yes less is more usually. Love the color palette, whole piece resonates calm and satisfaction!

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    1. Carol, thanks for your feedback. Fun that you identify with and also enjoy tearing paper. Happy to hear you enjoy the color palette and that for you this piece resonates calm and satisfaction.

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  2. I am going to start 'moseying' in to my studio if I can create like this! I too am glad that you tore and didn't cut the paper - and appreciate the description of your process. I think one of the hardest things to do is 'less is more' and Vova II shows it so well.....and I love your colours! Have a lovely weekend - hope it won't involve any shoveling!

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    1. Janet, thanks for all your comments about tearing and describing process and restraint and color. Always happy to have an appreciative audience : )

      I just now returned from an overnight visit with my dad (he lives three hours north and a bit west of me, in Maine. Snow in my neighborhood is the most significant we've had yet this season, but is trifling compared to the 50 inches that have fallen in my dad' neighborhood this winter!

      Lovely weekend wishes to you as well.

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  3. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to your work, and I noticed today, All I need to type in is "do" to bring your name up on the list. So appropriate. Do Dotty. Do. Dotty DOES!! LOL
    I have long loved the look of torn paper. The rough edges. Knew an artist years ago, when I worked in a frame shop, who would take the scraps of matboard to use in her art. Imagine tearing thick matboard, but she did it.
    Love this Dotty, the middle detail is a favorite this time. I love the hope and joy in the yellow, and the balance of the calming blue. I think I can see some texture on those blue strips. Cool!

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    1. Sheila, I am delighted and honored to be a 'household word' on your computer. Woo hoo! And I love the Dotty Do theme!

      Whoa, tearing matte board is serious business. But its thickness and the difficulty factor probably make for some awesome outcomes. I'll have to give that a try.

      You Dotty-DO see some texture on those blue strips. I love that it's there but doesn't compete.

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  4. I know the fun of glueing paper on matte medium! So much fun to do!

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  5. I think you picked a good place to stop. It's difficult to know sometimes, especially with abstract paintings. I've lost my way many times. Completely ruined a few. I'm still heartbroken over one..I don't think I'll ever forgive myself. lol It taught me to listen for that little voice inside my head that says stop, tho, so I guess it was worth it.

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    1. Thanks for your affirmation re my stopping point. Yup, difficult to know sometimes, but painting is all about letting go and I get chances to practice over and over and over again! Letting go of adding just one more brush stroke, letting go of the painting I lost when I did NOT let go of adding just one more brush stroke—the opportunities are numberless!

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