Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chop!

Nothing earth-shattering today, just a quick note about finding a little bravery when re-imagining your work.

Say a piece isn't working. Like, for instance, this one from yesterday's blog post.


Say you're ready to throw in the towel, wad it up and put it in the recycle bin, or stuff it away on a shelf so you never have to look at it again.

Rather than give up, what might you do, instead? Well, you could Gesso over it and start again. Or you could paint large, opaque blocks of color over it and then try to bring more detail into it with imagery. Or you could collage all over it. I've done all of those things, and more, and I'm occasionally asked where I find the courage to destroy something I've made in order to remake it. My answer is always the same: What do I have to lose? If something isn't working for me, putting it away on a shelf isn't going to make it work better. So why not try something else?

Like cutting it up into little pieces.


Little 2-inch pieces of delicious color, movement, and composition. Little 2-inch treasures that can then be pieced back together, mosaic-style, onto a cradled gessobord.


Oh, yes, I did! And you can, too.

Re-imagine creatively!
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