|a closer view - 7 parts - once I have the composition I'll heal the seems between the parts with color pencil|
so that (hopefully!) the junctions won't be distracting in the final piece
|Once the parts were glued down and dry|
I drew around the collage parts
so that the paper around them takes on the pattern
from the background, making them subtly blend in..
|new blocks this week|
For example - I started carving a new skull this week. Even though I just made a skull 8 weeks ago . It's hard to admit, but even though it was my best effort at the time and I like it, since then, I've changed the block material and upgraded tools. Also, the practice from making the first one may make the second one better, so I decided to try again...
In thinking about trying again and what changes to make, I decided to put the new big tree collage on fabric that I matched as closely as possible to the paper of the collages. (I may sew the pieces down so that they aren't dependent on the glue... hmmmmm.)
In analyzing what changed to make, it occurred to me that there's a pattern in the way I modify the materials - always moving toward softer/lighter (i.e. things that I can carry/move myself). To make bigger things, I may need to give up the ghost of hope for a collaborator/ assistant/ or corporeal muse.
|Researching tapestries |
including this favorite -
from the Apocalypse Tapestry,
late 14th century
For me, one of the hardest parts of trying again is accepting that sometimes, it's more productive to let a piece go, that, as much as I might wish it otherwise, time/space/attention are limited. This week, I disassembled old unfinished pieces for parts, cleaned the studio, and painted the floor and am trying to look at it as "making room for new work."
(Self #2 asks: "yeah, how's that going?" Self #1: [sigh])
|the garden continues to grow, but the leaves have started to fall|