Saturday, November 04, 2006


Two-fer Saturday
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Friday Afternoon
15 x17"
Acrylic, Prismacolor and inks, with collage


I am without internet access again. Grrr. Since I had already been to Panera once on Friday, another trip to blog was just too much trouble. So I made two paintings and waited til today to post them. The titles are lame, and I just don't care. I have to call them something, and untitled has been used, so whatever I call them, it doesn't mean that they have to stay named that name.

Rice paper collaged elements on gessoed Rives printmaking paper.
I flowed on the paint and let it dry in puddles and had a big mess. That's how they all begin, a big mess that has to be corraled into something. What is that something? A design. That's it. Or a learning experience. Mostly.
So I emphasize some things and paint over other and amplify some edges until it looks like it is something. This eliminates that dread of 'What shall I paint?" which crippled me for 24 years.
In the meantime, I quilted.


I decided to use a squeeze bottle with a fine tip that I found at Hobby Lobby to draw paint lines with. It really made the white line stronger. The finer lines are a white gel pen.
The grid comes from a plastic mesh bag that held Gala apples. I lay it down in the wet paint and the grid leaves a print. It is a mechanical element that balances out all the organic shapes.

Thursday
10x15"
Acrylic, prismacolor pencils, inks, paint pens


I used the same mesh bag on this one first and liked the results. The heavier watercolor paper (Cotman) was not gessoed this time and I forgot to notice if there was any difference, other than the colored pencil lines weren't as evident.



Dave was confused a bit about what I was doing with this stuff. I think I got him to understand that the real creativity comes from finding the composition within the puddles and lines that I haphazardly apply. I know I could draw something and paint it to be recognizable, but the challenge is not the same. I want to paint something that is unseen, even in my own mind's eye.
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As I looked at the computer versions of these and the previous day's efforts, the detail shots are so much better than the full views, which are confusing and hard to read. The books I am learning from are full of very busy compositions, which at first I found attractive, and now are beginning to appear flawed to me.
My aim will be to clarify and simplify. O yes, the same thing I say about my quilts.
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I do think that some of these ideas would be just a good made in fabric, but for now and until the end of the year, I am planning to concentrate on making paintings...or drawing in pastel, or colored pencils or mixed media. I have a pile of finished quilts, so I feel I have earned the time away.

15 comments:

  1. I will certainly miss seeing quilts from now until January.

    Best wishes.

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  2. Diane,
    You will still see quilts on the blog, but not any new ones from me. I will be posting pictures from the new Greater Chicago Quilt Expo next week, where I will be teaching, and where I will be part of the Chicago School of Fusing Faculty Exhibit. Real quilts hanging in a real quilt show.

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  3. I can feel your enthusiasm coming through. It's like getting an electric charge when you get bopping on something you love. I can't thank you enough for everything you teach me each time I come here...I am filled with a passion for art that has long been simmering beneath the surface-be it for art made with fabric or paints and canvas

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  4. This is really fun to watch you paint! So are you entering art shows yet? Either with your stacks or your new paintings? They are waiting for you!
    Liz

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  5. Anonymous1:57 PM

    I was all goo goo gaa gaa over these loving them until I saw 'Thursday'. Why is there a 'fork' on that pic?

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  6. Hmmmm, I love Friday Afternoon. If I were an painter I would want to do something like that. Since I am not a painter, I will just enjoy admiring your work. Thank for sharing your pictures.

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  7. Anonymous4:30 PM

    I love Thursday! And I Loove The Bridge. Since you're using paper have you considered making some of your lines with the sewing machine?

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  8. Your work is exciting and seems to fairly ripple with your excitement. The fact that the individual elements photographed are as pleasing to the eye as the whole (Friday Afternoon, in particular) tells me that you have an excellent sense of composition. Yes, each individual close-up could stand alone - stating something independent of the whole. But the whole, composed of all the different elements, is equally important, in my opinion. Life is not simple, why must art? Not that simplicity in art is a bad thing, but neither is complexity well handled. And you handle complexity very well indeed!

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  9. I am really loving these paintings. Wish I was there to try some of these myself!
    What would happen if you used a clump of thread clippings instead of the plastic bag that held gala apples?
    As I'm typing this, I can see The Bridge at the bottom of the screen, and it really reminds me of The Dance. Somehow.

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  10. They're stunning. :) What I appreciate the most is that I can *feel* the discovery process as you describe it, with peaks and valleys, and I can relate so well. And I feel torn between lingering to look some more at what you've done, and rushing off to my own discoveries. Thanks for sharing, again...

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  11. I love them, makes me want to get the paints out.
    gorgeous stuff

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  12. I would be interested in Friday Afternoon... it just makes me feel good. Also Thursday reminds of flying high over the midwestern farms... only more colorful.
    Hope you get your internet soon.

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  13. Wow-- I love the paintings... and I like seeing how your paintings differ from your quilts... I wonder if i like the paintings more... the paintings seem more spontaneous... more active... less controlled. Thanks Mel!

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  14. Wow Tricia. The paintings are definitely less controlled initially but seem overwrought when finished. Too much information. Hard to read. But much busier, I agree.
    The big difference in quilts and paint, is the material in quilts is dry! And in paint the edges are blurred. Both are additive technique-wise however. If I add too much in a quilt, I can peel off the addition, and in paint I can attempt to paint over the bad stuff. I should do more painting over, which is so much more difficult, since it blots out the lines, which are my 'precious darlings'.
    I remember a grad school professor who talked about editing artwork. "First you must kill off all your darlings." This will bring forth the essentials.

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