Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.