Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I wanted the biggest piece to be more active, and so decided to adapt and use a juggler figure I'd used previously. I wanted to echo the colours in the background, and so thought about masses of Greek postage stamps I have. One series (at least) used reproductions of black and red figured vases from antiquity, and so I have made them into collaged circles: juggling balls.
Almost there, but not quite. One aspect of this exercise which should have entered into my thinking at an earlier stage is just how am I going to present the pieces. The first two are pinned up on my wall so that I can ponder the question. The third and biggest piece poses a different problem in that it is on much flimsier fabric, and I might have to bondaweb that to a sturdier layer.
But apart from that, I'm pleased with the outcome. I know that I have not moved forward as far as design is concerned - I have used figures again from my stock. But that does not matter in this case. I have come out of that immediate comfort zone of either having designs printed large to make into quilts, or printing them onto transfer paper to stitch on cotton. Yes, I have still used printing (the original silk screen as background and the A4 silk sheets I put through my own printer), but in enough of a different way that it stirred the little grey cells.
Having to think again about presentation is also a plus in the exercise, although it might appear to be a stumbling block. It's all about getting myself solving problems again, and out of solving problems comes even more creativity, I have found.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
We went to the National Gallery today to catch the Bridget Riley display before it is taken down. What wondrous stuff! There are but a few paintings, but what a feast for brain and eye. Colour and light are her drivers, and it is fascinating to pursue her analyses of the use of colour in Raphael, Mantegna, Seurat and others alongside her own works. My brain is still chewing, and it will be some time before even a small part is fully digested. Conceptual art is supposed to be the intellectual genre, but it is Riley who gets my mental juices flowing.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Normally public holidays are quiet home times for us - but circumstances
dictated that now was the time to go, if we were to go anywhere. So off to Wales we went for a few days. These are a few of the snaps I took on what was a diverse and sunny break, which turned out to be just what I needed to recharge the run down batteries.
Slate walls are everywhere, and I love the way that the ends are rounded.