Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Closed" (sold)


"Hang a "closed" sign in your mind on any thought that sends you on a detour." Detours are never fun. It generally takes a lot of time and effort to get back on the right road again. That's why it is so important to place a "closed" sign on those thoughts that can derail us. Most of the time we don't like to see the word "closed", but in this context,  it's a treasured word.

In order to have photographic images on hand that provide a lot of interesting shapes, it is necessary to change your mind on what constitutes a good photograph to provide the first layer for this type of piece. Taking photos of the typical scenic images that might be a good source for an oil painting is a different kind of photography. For this type of piece, you need to be looking for odd images that have some interesting shapes. All artwork is made up of shapes so the best candidates for this type of image will be the ones with many different sizes of shapes, overlapping shapes, shapes of different values or colors, and shapes that have edges on a diagonal. It's quite like going on an Easter Egg Hunt for shapes rather than eggs.

This particular signage was seen hanging on the door of a store. I was disappointed that the store was closed, but quite fascinated with the hand made sign that looked like a primitive collage created mostly from newspaper. Notice the division of space created by the sign and the way it was cropped for the photo. I did create a monoprint on Arches Text Wove with Ink before printing the image. Gesso and Black Charcoal Powder helped to add interest and mystery to the piece. Just a few more things to think about.

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