Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring Color!

The new design wall has me energized and inspired!

 

The first thing I did was break out some of my hand-dyed and painted fabrics and slap them up there. I have a large canvas begging to be used, and I'm trying to work out a fabric collage to go on top of it. These fabrics are a few years old now, but they evoke in me wonderful memories of my days, months, and years spent dying them and then painting over them.

Despite the fall-like color on the wall this week, my mind keeps turning to spring, and I couldn't help but break out my paints and some of my new printmaker's papers. These heavy papers have a handmade feel and look to them, with lovely deckled edges and a smooth, crisp surface. They accept paints wonderfully.

I started with this smaller piece onto which I had gel printed a couple of weeks ago. It began life with a garish pink/white/orange surface, and with a little work and many layers of paint, became this.


I used it as a jumping off place to create a much larger piece, measuring 25 1/2" by 35".


This, too, began with gel plate monoprinting and ended with some monoprinted Stacked Journaling in white.

While I was creating both of these pieces, I was using a third piece of the printmaker's paper to off-load excess paint. It became one of my favorites of the week.


(detail)

I think that in my own way, I am succeeding in imposing a small measure of subtlety onto my color palette. Yes, the colors are still bold and graphic, but I think perhaps they're also developing some mystery and depth. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking! Either way, I'm satisfied.

Happy creating!

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Your collage will be great - even with fallish colors. Love what you painted. I need to try some stacked journaling sometime soon!

Sue Marrazzo said...

What a GREAT Post, and fabulous presentation of your art!!!!!

Penny said...

Nice.

Kathy said...

Your colors are bold and graphic, true, but you are getting so much depth with the layering. There's a lot of mystery in your painting!