Tag: texture

Yes.

While I was in Chicago, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of feedback I received and consequently the number of ideas I had for my work. I wasn’t sure which path to go down and which method best suited my goals. This is how I was feeling when I had a studio visit with Gregg Bordowitz, the program director. I discussed my struggles with him, as well as my goals. He gave me tons of great advice, including one piece that became a major turning point for me.

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About a week or two earlier, I had gone to a fabric shop and picked up this piece of bright red-orange polyester material from a clearance bin. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, I was just drawn to the color. I hung it up in my studio like this for a while and didn’t touch it. During my meeting with Gregg, we looked at the material as we discussed creating a “yes” wall. His instructions were as follows: 1) For 3 or 4 days, say “yes” to everything. 2) The next day, say “no.” Cover things up and make conscious decisions about what you want to include. I was really excited to try it out and decided to use the red-orange material since it was already something I’ve never used before.

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I had a lot of fun at first. I drew a large figure without worrying about proportions. I didn’t plan, I just painted. The fabric absorbed the paint quickly so I had to change the way I usually paint. The process was quick and pretty crude. I was happy with the piece so far and didn’t really want to add anything else, but it was my “yes” wall, so I forced myself to do more.

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I added more things and started to like it less and feel stuck. I started becoming concerned with the composition and I thought that I had already put too many colors so I stepped away from it for a few days and worked on other things. I guess at this point I wasn’t following the directions anymore.

When I did come back to it, I was in the zone. I used different materials and added text, numbers, shapes, images, and texture. By the time I “finished”, it had become my favorite piece from the whole summer. I’m really proud of it.

Yes.

Here is a list of the materials I used: acrylic paint (liquid, heavy bodied, and soft bodied), ink, oil pastel, oil stick, clear plastic, liquid watercolor, diabetic socks, medical tape, and thumbtacks.

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I’m not sure what’s going to happen with this piece. Right now it’s folded up in a bag until I find somewhere to hang it up. I might add more to it, but it’s more likely that I’ll make a new one using a similar process.

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Inspiration: Texture + Pattern

One of the things I enjoy the most about my new DSLR camera is that I can take pictures of things up close without the image becoming fuzzy. I like focusing on interesting textures and patterns, and lately it has been giving me ideas for new artwork.

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Here are some images I took of my various bags. Most of them are from thrift stores. Any bag with an interesting texture or pattern always grabs my attention first :]

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I love the look of mixing different patterns and textures. I think I’ll incorporate that more into my own work. Thanks for reading :]

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Matisse/Preschool-Inspired Collages

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A few weeks ago, I started a new body of work exclusively for my Etsy shop. The artwork, which is a series of paper collages, was actually inspired by my time spent student teaching at an elementary school this year. My cooperating teacher and I were doing a lesson with the pre-k and kindergarten students based on flowers in the springtime (it was April at the time). We read Eric Carle’s book, The Tiny Seed, and then the kids were free to create big flower pictures using shapes cut out of paper. I cut endless flower petals, leaves, stems, and circles, but it was worth it because the results were awesome!

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It was really interesting to do this lesson with both preschool and kindergarten. The kindergarten students were mostly very concerned with making their flower look like a generic daisy while the preschool students were much more free with their compositions. The latter reminded both my cooperating teacher and I of Henri Matisse‘s bold paper cut-outs. I loved the way they looked and several months later, I was still thinking about them.

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I have a pretty large collection of paper, so I decided to put it to use. I cut out lots of circles, leaves, and petals and mixed them up in a box. When I create a collage, I pick out a few shapes and arrange them based on the best way I think the colors, patterns, and textures go together. Then I just glue it all down and give it some kind of outline in black ink as a finishing touch.

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I’m really happy with the way these are turning out. These pieces are very different from the other work that I’m doing right now, which is very personal and has a lot of symbolism and meaning. The collages, on the other hand, are simply labeled as a series of compositions because I want the viewer to decide what they are looking at. I create them purely from an aesthetic point of view and leave the meaning up to the viewer.

The collages come in a variety of small sizes with the smallest being 8″ x 10″ and the largest being 14″ x 17″. They will go on sale in the next two weeks! Thanks for reading :]

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