Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dogwood abstract series, # 7

This is about as loose as I can manage.  Still a lot of hard edges, and it was the crisp patterns added at the end that I enjoyed doing most.  But I'm trying another just as watery and loose, just to see what happens.

This series that I KNOW is not for framing or selling or entering in shows is being extremely freeing for me: I'm normally not much for "play", and this is helping a lot.

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  1. I very much enjoy the purely decorative elements that you include in your paintings. I find decorative patterning impossible to pull off!

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    1. And I find decorative patterning nearly impossible to LEAVE off, whether or not it enhances the painting. Therefore I'm always glad to hear that someone enjoys them. Thank you!

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  2. Katherine, we are birds of a feather - LOVE detail and patterns! Don't say these aren't show worthy - they sure are!

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  3. Love this and I disagree that it is not competition/gallery ready. Your recent abstracted works are wonderfully creative. Although there are hard edges in these, they still maintain a very organic look, which I really like.

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  4. Rhonda and Deb, your comments about "showability" are welcome and nice to hear. But to clarify, I'm finding it freeing to completely ignore such possibilities. For now! Thank you.

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  5. This is definitely looser that your previous work, and I think could be a good thing. Kind of reminds me of raw eggs, lightly stirred! The patterning is sort of your signature, so I would not try to abandon it, but you can change it up. Here you have done smaller patterns over large, and that is very interesting. Just curious, what size are you doing these series paintings? Mine are all one quarter sheet.

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    1. Kathy, I'm working half sheet. I never would have guessed that your series was as small as quarter sheet, they impress like something that could be full sheet! I sort of wish I could size-down, because I'm going through way more paper than I am used to buying for myself. It's about time to turn them all over to work on the back.
      And you noticed the layers! I have spent recent months noticing and hearing "layers" in much artwork and discussion thereof. Each time the word has stuck in my head, even when I wasn't moved by the artwork. It's possible I may tackle "layering" as my independent study at Kanuga.

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    2. And another thing: The more I look at this, my own painting, the more I see the eggs (I saw it too, Kathy, but tried to ignore it). If I take a brush to it again at all, it will be to avoid that image. Maybe spread some yolk around elsewhere on the paper?

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