Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Finger Painting

Had a whole bunch of ideas in mind when I headed for Core Values today. Most of 'em never saw the light of day.

But I had a good time working out the 'problems' that showed up in front of me. 

Did most of my color mixing right on the foam core, squeezing directly from paint tubes. Jumped ship on brushes just minutes in. Loved using my fingers instead to mix, blend, create soft transitions between values, push, dab, and spread.

taped off a double patch that had
some drips and collage in place from weeks ago,
did some mark-making with a black paint marker
started finger painting with reds and black
played with analogous colors,
scratched through to earlier layers with a metal skewer
added collage,
brought in some pastel line work,
got some interesting textural stuff going in the green-blue area
(but, really! what is it
doing there?)
ta da!
newest (double) 
patch painted onto grid-format work-in-progress
detail from new patch
new patch in big picture,
working title: Core Values

12 comments:

  1. First I like the new orientation, landscape! This bright patch fits nicely with the overall view. I seem to look for the magenta in other patches.This patch seems to unify!

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    1. Carol, love that you are seeing some unity, since I don't have overall composition in mind whatsoever as I move through this project!

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  2. I love all the small little details, Dotty! I did not realize that you add tape to the sides of the little squares. Great idea! It is fun to see that the whole indeed is more then the sum of all the parts.

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    1. Simone, fun to have you noticing the small details. They became really fun for me in this patch, but mostly after the fact. I painted fairly quickly and intuitively, and got loose with scribbles and scratches at one point. Then I had the fun of looking back to see what had emerged, and I liked the juxtaposition of the relative subtly of the details and the abundance of them.

      I think I've only taped off the sides of the past two patches. I didn't on any of the rest. It wasn't until the overall piece got more and more complex, and my patches became more focused studies that I felt the urge to establish boundaries while working.

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  3. Finger painting!!!! My favorite. And I love this vibrant color!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! 'Twas fun to have finger painting and vibrant color dancing together : )

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  4. Oh - love this one - great colour and all those beautiful marks and textures. The variation in colour is wonderful and I love the little touches of orange and the 'periwinkle' accents. Such a great shape too - long rectangle against the squares - don't know if that was intentional but it fits perfectly. Appreciate the 'work-in-progress' shots!

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    1. Janet, thank you! I love this one too, although it gave me a fairly good run for my money in the making. I struggled through much of it, but playing with color in this way was engaging and taught me a bunch. In the end, when I stepped back, the marks, textures, and little touches of orange and periwinkle all delighted me. The choice to go with a long rectangle against the squares was intentional. I can't seem to get good/true color when I photograph the big-picture work-in-progress but I do like keeping a record of its growth and development.

      Thank you again for all your feedback.

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  5. LOve all the details Dotty!! Love the scribbled lines. Thanks for sharing the process with us Dotty :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. This one ended up hitting the spot for me—always happy when THAT happens! It had a classic story trajectory in the making: rising action over a period of time, with multiple challenges along the way, eventually hitting a crisis and then suddenly coming to quick resolution with the scribbles. I'm glad I have a visual record of the journey.

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  6. Dotty, I love this whole core values thing! Are you going to have it as a big wall hanging? So striking. So inspiring.

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    1. Laurie, thanks for touching base—love your feedback re my Core Values project. My original loose 'plan' was to take this huge piece of foam core that was passed along to me, make a quick pencil grid, fill all the patches willy nilly with a variety of slapdash colors and textures, add a coat of light gesso to the whole thing, and then start painting a single something (abstract landscape?) on top of the underlayers. But, one thing leads to another, and I got playing with the different patches in a much more focused way than I intended, using them to experiment in all manner of ways, and now the patchwork has become something in its own right. I think I WILL have it as a big wall hanging for a period of time, putting it on a perfect-size blank wall in our back (main) entry both to enjoy as is, and to see over time if it wants to go on in some way—and, if so, what way that might be.

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