Monday, December 11, 2017

Slapstick 12/11/17

Just spent a happy heuristic hour in my studio, an hour of flow.

A timeless stretch where challenges were just slightly ahead of talent or skill, and interest and motivation were high.

An engagement with color, light, line, paper, scissors, and glue which allowed me to discover and learn for myself what worked, what didn't.

A practical, hands-on process not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but invitingly sufficient for my immediate goals.

Problem-solving.

Problem-creating.

Trial and error.

The best.

Looking for Sky in Manhattan
4x5"; acrylic, china marker, ink, oil pastel, and collage on paper,
mounted on card stock
abstract
2017
$40

Favorite orientation?





10 comments:

  1. The first one is my fav! Love the description of your process, exactly how I feel when starting or continuing work, but alas I don't have the word skills to express. Wonderful how simple shapes can get together and make an expression!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Isn't it remarkable how simple shapes can get together and speak?

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  2. incredible work....I love the last one. The words seem to be a part of the meaning...

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    1. Jen, thank you. The text collage was intentionally chosen from a publication that has meaning to me, but the actual snippets for the painting were selected willy-nilly with no attention given to content other than to not want complete sentences anywhere.

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  3. Thanks Dotty! The word 'heuristic' took me straight back, almost 30 years ago, when I studies Social Sciences and learned about 'the heuristic circle'. Completely forgotten, and now brought back by you!

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    1. Well, you're ahead of me, Simone! If heuristic was ever in my working vocabulary (and I think not), it sure wasn't currently but I looked it up when I bumped into it recently and it is such a great word—the definition I found is so apt in my life as an artist.

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  4. Love this series - the earthy tones and neutrals, the collage and line work - so great!! As for a favourite....giving title to the first I immediately could relate the image to that title and that was my choice but going through them all (several times) I have to go with the last one. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Janet! Thanks for your feedback on the earthy tones, neutrals, collage, and linework, and for taking the time to declare a favorite orientation. Hope you're well and painting up a storm.

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  5. The first one is a favorite and your title is prefect! The last makes me think of modern architecture as well, and on the bottom, I see a tunnel, or doorway. I want to enter, and see the view from inside ;)
    Your palette and sharp angles, for some reason remind me of O'Keeffe in New York. Though nothing alike, there is an energy that feels so dynamic.(Her buildings in the mid to late 20's.) Really enjoying these Dotty :)

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    1. Sheila, thanks for your very specific feedback, including allusions to O'Keeffe, no less! I wasn't even familiar with her NY skyscrapers, so thank you for that intro. I found several images that captured the feeling I had when I looked at my painting after completing it. Really fun to see the tunnel/doorway you mention in the bottom orientation of my piece above.

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