Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A Rooster Comes To Life
I thought I'd post an in-progress shot of the canvas I'm currently working on for my show. I'm moving forward with this concept in spite of some reservations and I have to say that I actually like how this one is shaping up. I'm working on an 18 by 18-inch canvas here and I am realizing that theme questions aside, this technique requires an almost perfect mix of fine and large motor skills. The backgrounds are bright, colorful, abstract, created with big, broad strokes of the brush while the central image brings me in close to the surface, developing pattern pieces, tracing, cutting, collaging, doodling. If I'm having a day where my hands are being uncooperative, I can simply paint canvas and still make progress on the series as a whole. On good hand and head days, I can work on the intricate aspects of the piece a little at a time without losing my place or momentum if I take frequent breaks. In addition, moving back and forth between these two different ways of working keeps me engaged in the project. Happy times!