I spent a great deal of time on this piece today adding fine details to areas that seemed a bit amorphous. I think that it is finally complete. I will have to live with it a few days to be sure, but at this point I feel there will be little if anything to be done. It feels good to have finished it. It is 36″x40″ and is the largest piece I have ever undertaken. Woohoo!
My friend, Gina, suggested that it is time to name this piece. I know she is right, so for the time being I will call it Emerging Cosmos. I don’t know if that is the final name, but it will work for now. Today I did my last little orb in the upper left corner. It needs a little more work to be perfect, but I am happy with it so far. I am having so much fun being a painter for a change. In fact, this piece has no paper in it which is almost sacrilege for me! But it’s always good to stretch our boundaries. 😀
I was able to spend time on my large canvas today. I created a second map over the orb in the upper right hand corner. I love how these “planets” look and I kind of feel like this piece is about some sort of flux in the cosmos. Anyway, I don’t have a lot of time to blog right now, but I wanted to put up the latest update. Take care…
I have had a great day painting. I do not consider myself a painter, per se, but I was today. I decided to turn my orbs into round maps and I started with the lower one. I have a calendar of antique maps and I took a round one as inspiration when I sketched out the shapes on my piece. Since the map I was using was of the Artic (a rendering from the 1500’s) I guess you could say this is a statement about global warming! I digress. I have not done any detail work but I am thrilled with the was my map is progressing. I will probably do the top orb before I get to the details. I took a picture of the entire piece and then a detail so you can see my evolving map up close. I have to stop for today but I can’t wait to continue tomorrow.
This is a new collage I am working on. I haven’t decided where to go next or whether I may even be done. It is a part of Asia, a place I have never been and may never go. Who knows. It is part of the new map series I have started. Some maps I create myself and some works are created from existing maps. Maps can be made to depict so many things. With this one I was contemplating the enormity of our world and how little of it I am likely to see in my lifetime. I compared the size of Massachusetts, the state in which I have lived the majority of my life, to the area contained in the map used for this piece. It is a fraction of the size. Yet, interestingly, I have probably not even seen all of Massachusetts. There are towns and areas I know I haven’t explored. Strange isn’t it? I’ve been to Rome, Italy, but not to Dudley, MA. Okay, so Dudley may not be an exciting destination, but it’s a lot closer to where I live. Just musings on the world and our place it.
This is a new work that I started today. It is based off an old piece that I have reworked a couple of times now. The original piece was started on foil. I layered it with acrylic, colored over it with crayon, and added a bit of paper along the way. Yet, I have never felt I achieved a result where I could call it “done”. Hence, I have pulled it out and started embellishing once again. I’m sure I am headed the right direction this time as I already like it better than in its last incarnation. Today I merely added gesso to the surface and stippled it with crumpled wax paper. The gesso felt too heavy in some areas so I took a wet paper towel and wiped away some gesso away and then stippled it a bit more. It left this area that looks rather like a portal to me. My plan was to add a layer of tracing paper and create a piece rather like Winter Ascent. However, I need to let it sit a bit to decide whether that is the right direction. Work and wait – work and wait. Story of my art making!
I had a shirt that I no longer wore. It had a wonderful map print with words and letters and images. I decided to use it for my art. I cut it up but found the material hard to work with. So the other day I scanned it. I printed a copy of one of my scans to the black and white printer by a mistake. I decided to use it today. I took a portion and glued it to my base. Then I cut other portions and overlaid them over the first. I finished by painting it in watercolor. I used some of the colors of the original but added others that felt right. I named it a Buckley Map for the large “B” and because my maiden name was Buckley. The colors are muted having been painted over a black and white copy. But that suits and old map, don’t you think?