Yesterday I printed a preliminary design for my show at La Vida, partly because I wanted to experiment with the images, and partly to remind myself that there is still a lot of work to be done and time’s getting short. Hard to believe all of this has happened since I made my first Kindle cover for sale in June of last year. Until then, I hadn’t done any real studio art in a decade.
It was good to have a few copies with me when we went to an open house at Inspire Art Center because I saw several old friends who are artists and was able to give them away as a way of saying “I’m back!” That was fun. Have changed the title of the show to “Mythologie.”
Amazing burst of energy today. I finished another piece based on what I had learned with the previous work. It may be one of my favorites, titled (right now, anyway) “Noh Festival. Unfortunately, I was so excited about it that I framed it before taking a photo, so this photo is shot through Plexiglas! I will probably take it apart and re-take later, but right now I’m happy to just relax. I’d hoped to get six paintings done over spring break – this makes four. Remind self – it’s quality, not quantity that counts. Er, right…?
I worked all day Friday on an Asian-themed collage that just did not work – I had the mat cut and was ready to just go ahead and frame it, but it felt so NOT-RIGHT. Scrapped it, worried about why I couldn’t get it to work, and started over with a result that I really like and gave me a zillion new ideas. One of those is scanning and printing fragments of previous work onto rice paper – it’s amazing how different those images look from the original collages.
Here’s the new piece, titled “Not for the Cat.” It has lots of little areas that I want to incorporate in the next piece.
Here’s the piece that didn’t work (below) – let me count the ways why – too cluttered, no story, no unity, just matchy-matchy images stuck on without enough thought to relationships and values. It’s valuable because it’s a lesson. Sometimes it’s so frustrating to keep adding things , thinking it might get fixed, but that’s a mistake.
Look at the difference that a fresh start and clear artistic purpose makes!
I do so love telling stories with images, paint and paper.
I seriously don’t know how working artists who blog get any studio work done – obviously my good intentions to blog often about my work have been sunk by the work itself. Arg. But here are two new pieces. I had hoped to finish six over spring break, but that’s rapidly evaporating.
Titles for paintings are always a challenge. On of these collages is titled “The Laying” – it’s a semi-serious allusion to laying of hands, laying eggs – healing. The other new one is titled “Alberta’s Dream” because it features peaches (!?). And some other things, of course :).
OK, off the computer and back to the studio.