Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Learning a New Language

Learning a new language

This isn't how I imagined this piece turning out at all... But it's so awesome, I love it! Very different from my norm, which is why I called it, "Learning a new language."

Learning a new language - WIP

I started off with a Blick canvas panel which I primed with Blick black gesso. I then applied what I had intended to be thinly layered blue blocks but I got impatient with my lack of patience for mixing the appropriate colors and also for not applying the paint in thinner layers. At this point I wanted to paint over the whole thing.

Learning a new language - WIP

But instead I pushed on, growing frustrated at how I was wasting paint on this inevitable disaster. I had stopped here and showed it to my husband. I told him I didn't know what to do with it. As I was yammering on and on about my frustration over the piece, a tiny voice inside my head said the word, "Symbols" and fortunate for me, I was focused enough to catch it and that was that.

Learning a new language - WIP

First came the dividing lines, then the random symbols. (All made up on the spot.) I could have left it alone but I knew there was more I could do.

Learning a new language

White gel pen. Now it's complete. I am looking into having prints made from this piece. I will let you know once they are available. 

9 comments:

Peninkcillin said...

Stephanie this is one of your coolest designs. I'm glad you didn't throw it out. And thanks for the great step-by-step tutorial!

BTW, you are an inspiration to me. Since I've discovered your blog a couple of months ago I've started drawing mandalas (didn't know what they were before that). Of course, they don't compare to yours and I'm not even an artist, but they're fun to do!

JoniB said...

I love the progression of this piece - both the photos and your words. It gives great insight as to how art evolves to surprise even the artist who is creating it. Thank you!

Biffybeans said...

Peninkcillin - much thanks for your kind words. :o) PS - if you make art, you are an artist. Trust me. I took a beating over this one and had to wave the white flag. 1 year ago I wouldn't tell anyone I was an artist. Too afraid to be criticized- but I'm over that now. When you create just for you, you are the only one that matters.

Biffybeans said...

Thank you Joni B. Yes, surprised for sure!

Peninkcillin said...

Wow, one year, you are really talented! Much more than I could ever be. Well, ok, I'm more of a pretend artist. I just love to create stuff. I get a good vibe when I'm drawing or sketching. Oh well, perhaps in another life :)

Biffybeans said...

Oh I've been creating art for a long time, bu it's only been recently that I found the courage to call myself an artist. :o)

Something Different said...

Wow, a new language indeed!

Lynn Noyes said...

It amazes me Stephanie how these random symbols just came to you. It's brilliant. You're work is brilliant! You are such an inspiration. I'm loving mandalas now...

Biffybeans said...

Lynn,

Much thanks for your kind words!

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