|I especially like this one :). New block, new collage, 12 x 12"|
So...when I said I was going to cut back on carving blocks to work with the blocks and pieces I already have, I wasn't exactly lying (...what can I say? Self-deception is a powerful thing :P ). I did work with the parts I have - but also carved 6 new blocks (And I wonder why I can't seem to find my way out of the Forest of And, And, And?)
|Some of them are pretty tiny,|
(and I'm pretty dirty, but no worries; it's non-toxic, washable
marker that I rub on the surface of the block
to see the marks better.)
|with the quarter in the upper left for scale -|
I can't wait to use my new miniature train!
|This may look familiar - it's the inverse of a|
block from last winter, which, while beautiful,
cracked and is unlikely to survive a run through a press ( :( )
- Trying again! But this time with a more flexible block. :)
The new blocks were made for these lovely new collages (!)
I've been getting a little overwhelmed (maybe it's being surrounded by fragments floor to ceiling?) I decided that the best way to confront this issue is by using the pieces up as quickly as possible. I set a few of the variables so that I'm not dealing with too many factors at once. The format is squares (and circles, later) and the backgrounds are gray marbled paper (which I made more of this week - I heart paper marbling!)
The results: 6" (x3), 8" (x2) and 12" (1). They're displayed on the new magnetic white board (which keeps them out of paws reach - two thumbs up!) I think they're starting to look like a story board - Fun Times!
|proud that I painted the frames to match and used a gray mat so that they coordinate :)|
In addition to carving and making new things, I matted and framed these two pieces and delivered them to the Greene County Council on the Arts Gallery for the Rock, Paper, Scissor show, opening this week.
|Mini approves :)|
Thinking more about how the ability to switch back and forth between modes of thinking is a useful art trait, I decided that it's time for a new list! At first, I thought it would be a "things I hate" list, but then - do I really hate any art technique that will give me a result? (No.) So, I decided to call it the "I prefer not to" list (Thanks Bartleby ;) ). It's things that I'd like to avoid/minimize as much as possible (but will do as needed.)
|So far, the new list includes:|
adhesive, heavy/unwieldy, and
custom/$$ framing and/or transport.
Working on the collages and blocks led to a lot of time inside focusing on a small area, so when I wasn't working, I tried to spend as much time as possible outside (gotta preserve the depth perception!)
|no color adjustment to this photo :o ! |
It's Pink (!) - expecting the Lorax to walk by any minute