Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rock, Paper, Wood

Decided to mount Salt of the Earth on a block of 1.5" deep wood to create a piece that can stand by itself rather than be hung on a wall. Bought some house paint to do the honors on the back—love the way the grain makes itself known through the black.

Salt of the Earth
4x5x1.5"; acrylic, collage, and ink on paper, mounted on wood
abstract landscape
2017
$60
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The canyon is full
of hush. Self-contained, holy.
I sit in its lap.

Salt of the Earth, detail
Salt of the Earth, detail

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Dotty! Love revisiting those that I love!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. This is another particular favorite of mine. I like it in its own right, but I also love thinking back to how it came into being which, from this distance (January to May) seems impossibly magical. Where did it come from? How could I ever make another like it?

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  2. This is earthy and grounding...which makes the mounting on wood so perfect! Love the words on the back - I can hear the "hush"...brilliant, Dotty!

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    1. Jen, thanks. So glad for your 'earthy and grounding' feedback—that's what I was feeling in the creating, and it influenced my mounting the piece on wood. Glad, too, that you can hear the 'hush.'

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  3. Dotty, I really think this is your power, or actually these are (two of) your powers: words and art. Poetry and Painting.

    I wonder if there would be a away to make the backside more integrated with the fourground. So that the background is not 'just' like something that you write on the back of a painting. But as something artful in itself, so that you can turn around the 'block' ad have another artful experience, which you can maybe alternate with the painting. You understand what I mean? I mean to put your poetry on more or less the same height as your art.

    (and then maybe your name and the 'facts' on the bottom side?). Just some ideas.

    It really lets your art stand out I think.

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    1. Simone, I'm so grateful for your input. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts here!

      Putting words and art together has long had a place in my heart, and I've been feeling pulled in that direction recently. I love your discussion of integrating the front and back of my art, making the back something artful in itself. I actually did something in that vein with a gift I made for a friend, and I've also been playing in my mind with the idea of small pieces of art that can be arranged in more than one way—your independent mention of similar ideas is so exciting and affirming. Woo hoo!

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  4. Yes! I am looking forward to what will come out of this!

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  5. Love this! Rich, earthy colours, such strong shapes. The gradation from light to dark - such a great painting. I am not just seeing the earth but feeling it too. Your words are so expressive and just add to my appreciation of this painting.

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    1. Janet, thanks for your welcome feedback—such delight for me to know that you can not only see but also feel the earth, as that is what I felt as I painted and as I move into this painting now each time I view it. I'm grateful for your appreciation of my words as well.

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