Friday, February 3, 2012

"Junk or Artwork?"

($40.00.....6" x 6" mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"One person's junk is another person's artwork." It seems like there's a renewed interest in anything old, no matter what it is or what it looks like. This pile of faucet heads and connector pipes was just such a thing. It does have a lot of depth and is a bit unusual, but I like it, so here it is.

The layering process on this piece began with a photograph. However, the subsequent pouring medium, soft pastels, lines, and "funky" lettering transformed it completely. It is totally different from the original photo.

Don't be afraid to use line work to create texture, division of space, and more depth in your piece. Erratic lines are used in all kinds of contemporary art work whether it's organized into a pattern, scratched into the surface of acrylic paint or gesso, or used to create a semblance of lettering. Remember that lettering is abstract and any type of erratic line work will create a better environment for your letters. Others may be interested in taking photos of beautiful landscapes, flowers, etc., (and I like those, too), but more often than not, I find myself taking pictures of rusty, old things, cracks in concrete, etc. They make fabulous backgrounds for contemporary work. Just a few more things to try or think about.

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