Sunday, April 1, 2012
"Truth and Rhetoric"
($40.00.....6" x 6".....mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard panel)
"The Word of God is sharp enough to cut through our rhetoric." It is very easy to express feelings verbally, but truth has a way of getting to the bottom line immediately. It's the ultimate "reality check".
This piece may seem a bit dark on your computer screen, but seeing the original reveals a lot of deep color, especially Golden Iridescent Bronze. One of the ways to overcome the overwhelming dominance of dark values is to introduce a piece of collage (in this case a copied section of the Gutenberg Bible) and by writing the text in white. The quote is actually a "spin off" from a verse from Hebrews 4 which says "The Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword, cutting between bone and marrow..." So the richness and the depth of the pouring medium inspired this quote which is a key verse that motivates me to do many medium to large pieces that include scripture.
Yesterday, I mentioned several ways to learn new techniques with pouring medium by modifying the amount of medium, paint, or the addition of water. If you choose to work on a larger sheet of paper, you will definitely have a sample from the original. By taking that sample and gluing it into a notebook or punching a hole into it and placing on a binder ring, you can make some notes about your process. This will actually propel your process along much faster since none of us can possibly remember what we did even a week later. When all is said and done, art is all about process. Why start from "square one" every time we begin a new piece. Let's be smart and jot down a few notes. Just a few more things to think about.
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