Reflections: A Tale of Two Projects
I enjoy writing, speaking in public, and many types of analytical work. The notion of translating ideas into visual expression also has great appeal. I like a challenge and any new learning that comes with it. Right now I have a reasonable skill set, although there's always room for more. The biggest problem comes in planning the composition of a piece. It's hard to understand exactly what that is and how to achieve regarding visual work. Could it be a decision on "content" with the rest falling into place?
Personal satisfaction should come before that of anyone else. Sometimes, however, I feel the need for a "second eye" during the actual project making. The first work shown is called "Interruption" and runs about 25" by 40." The rocks and pathways were no problem. Try as I might, I couldn't find a satisfactory placement for the long multicolored bars. No amount of planning or reflection would solve the problem. Finally I showed it to a friend who encouraged a more circular placement rather than the "X" I was using. I took it home, worked on it, and was pleased.
The second set of pictures is a triptych called "The Three Seasons." These were painted in a mixed media workshop where the teacher had supplies on hand and encourage everyone to do their "own thing." Afterwards I selected three of twelve pieces for further embellishment in my own studio. This included foiling, hand stitch, and mounting on a burlap canvas. Each painted section is 10" by 10" on a 12" by 12" stretched canvas. So far this is one of my favorite projects. There was a freedom in the doing and time passed quickly. It seemed more like fun than work, although both were involved. Also I began to see the value of abstract work where some interpretation and thought is left to the viewer.