Friday, July 7, 2017

Soaked My Head

You know how you get to the water's edge, and the water is freezing cold, and getting wet seems best done a tiny bit at a time? And then, the inch-by-inch approach turns out to be prolonged painful torture so you just dive in?

Finally soaked my head today.

The Designated Place for Questions
4.4 x 6"; acrylic, ink, collage, and oil pastel on paper
abstract floral
2017
$50 unframed



6 comments:

  1. LOL, Just saw a movie with that scene in it! This is so cheerful and bright - lovely! And I am glued to that bit of broken vase, and how the blooms are tumbling out as well. I want to stick my nose i each bud, and take in their sweet scent :)

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    1. Sheila, fun to have your eye be drawn to the out-of-the-box (vase!) elements in this composition. I hadn't thought about that aspect till now, and it seems to reflect the process with this painting which felt broken and wind-tossed more than once! Glad the blossoms are pulling you in to breathe deeply of their scent.

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  2. Another LOVE! I agree with Sheila...the broken bit of vase is mesmerizing! And curious minds want to know, exactly where did you soak your head today?

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    1. Good morning, Jen! Love that the broken bit of vase is mesmerizing—fun for me to get that feedback b/c that bit reflects me more truly and spontaneously than many other aspects of the process did with this painting. (1) I needed a way to make some angles in the composition please me so I tore off part of that collage paper; (2) then I needed to balance some of the 'weight' in the composition, and since I hate wasting ANYthing, that little torn scrap suddenly offered itself as a solution.

      The 'soaking my head' expression is one that pops up every summer when my friend N. goes swimming in the frigid waters at a nearby beach while I usually only get my feet wet, decide I'm plenty cool enough, and walk the beach instead. I used the expression in my post metaphorically to indicate that I finally got sick of inching along with this painting, which bedeviled me more than once, so I plunged in head first to finish it.

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  3. I love diving in head first, realistically and metaphorically. Love the flowers within the flowers... and the opposite angles the make with the vase. Love the green and purple combination!!!

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    1. Thanks for your observations, Carol! Love that you see flowers within the flowers, and the varied angles in this piece. The green and purple—happily—insisted on being together despite other plans I had en route. This painting was a challenge, with the opposition of planning and letting go which drove me crazy more than once, but I suspect that the inherent tension of that opposition is what calls me to keep on painting!

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