Friday, April 20, 2018

Simplify

Loved everything about Gillian St. George's Instagram post on April 11. Her art caught my eye, as it invariably does, and so too did her words: decided to simplify—used a small size of paper, with just a few lovely colors and simple strong shapes.

Gillian inspired my painting today. In little snippets of time over the course of the morning, I taped off a new patch on Core Values, gessoed it for a clean start, painted several collage papers in different values of raw umber, and raided my box of existing collage scraps to cull additional pieces for possible use. This afternoon, after some snips, tears, arranging, rearranging, and gluing, I created a new patch.

I moved it from beginning to end in short order. Woo hoo!

It is simpler in design and detail than at least half of its fellow patches, though probably twice as complex as I'd envisioned—an engaging first time out of the gate with my intention to use just a few lovely colors and simple strong shapes

Next: absorb today's experience, and experiment again.


newest patch

detail
new patch in the bigger picture;
working title: Core Values

8 comments:

  1. Immediately fell in love with the detail! I can see just that as a piece on its own. Thanks for the link, love her colors!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I'm grateful for photo editing that allows me to finder SIMPLER compositions within larger pieces that did not stay as simple as I'd intended!

      Gillian's colors are super, I agree.

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  2. Love the rounds not round. The dark, light. Straight, jagged. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. It's always fun to have you let me know what you see. Those not-round 'rounds' come naturally to me, and the dark/light and straight/jagged came from knowing I needed/wanted contrasts.

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  3. graphic and punchy! It is incredible how varied these patches are!

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    1. Graphic and punchy: I'm liking those descriptors, Jen—thanks!

      Yes, re varied: the patches are now entering crazy-quilt status, methinks!

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  4. Thanks for introducing me to Gillian!
    I loved how you worked with collage - I like the graphical patterns!

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    1. You're welcome!

      And thanks for your thumbs up for the graphical patterns of my collage. I do come back to a graphical approach many times, usually without even realizing I'm doing so until after the fact.

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