Thursday, December 28, 2017

Slapstick 12/28/17

In recent weeks I've done some of my most exciting work, and some of my least satisfying.

What d'ya think—the two might go hand in hand, might go with taking more risks?

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Funny story: I got going with an idea here that seemed doomed to irretrievable ugliness, glued its parts onto a handpainted scrap from my collage box, sandwiched the whole mess between two sheets of plastic with the weight of a few books on top, and wrote the opening two lines above while I waited for the glue to dry so I could assess the damages—sure I was writing about a total fail.

But no.

Complete surprise. I love this piece!

I'm still in shock. I actually achieved the effect I was aiming for but not at all in the way I'd set out to do so.

Golly!

Flight Behavior
4x5"; acrylic, India ink, and pastel on paper
abstract
2017
[gift]






9 comments:

  1. Four pieces in one! Marvelous! Reminds of one of Jane's exercises in her composition workshop. Using the same colors and style in different proportions.After enlarging I see you cut the original and pasted on another. I often us heavy book. Do you glue,(which?) or use double sided tape?

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  2. I love the contrasts in color and lines! A winner!

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    1. Carol, thanks for all your feedback and questions. Yup, four pieces in one! Cut from a single original and pasted on a sheet of handpainted collage paper that did NOT work for its original purpose but brought this piece to life : )

      I use Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Matte Medium for most of my adhering.

      The complementary color contrast and lines here pleased me, too!

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  3. LOve it!! Love the palette, the pieces, the Exclamation point. Oh yeah, this rocks in a serene whisper ;)

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    1. Sheila, thank you! I can't quite put my finger on what it evokes in any precise way but it calls to mind children's picture book illustrations—can't identify a specific story or illustrator, but it pulls me into a fairy tale mindset … into woods and tangles, trying to escape something, feeling mesmerized more than fearful.

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  4. It's gorgeous, of course!!!! Trust the process...something wonderful almost always appears. Love these colors and the crisp separations. Organized and chaotic all in one.

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    1. Jen, grateful for your putting words to 'crisp separations' and 'organized and chaotic all in one'—YES!

      Thanks for your affirmation of trusting process and your nod to gorgeous : )

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  5. Dotty, I think Alice in Wonderland is about to fall down the Rabbit Hole.

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    1. Joje, that's exactly it! That feeling of traveling through a looking glass of some sort into places incognito! Thanks for your comment.

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