Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Associations and Connections"

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

"There is power in the associations and connections found in art and in life." Whoever or whatever we are around on a regular basis will affect us. There are associations and connections in art and in life that must be given attention. The great thing about art is that it can be changed. In life, we often need to learn to negotiate the things that cannot be changed.

The colors in this piece are pleasing to me because of the light raspberry color juxtaposed with the orange. If the orange and black are next to each other by themselves, it can be somewhat overwhelming. The raspberry color cools down the hot intensity of the orange.

It also makes a difference in this particular technique to pay close attention to the space between the bands of color. By allowing the white or titan buff color to separate the black and pick color, a connection has been made with the other light color areas. Because this color moves after it is poured, it is wise to allow a bit more space between colors unless you want them to totally mingle together.

Another thing to remember when pouring color is to notice what happens in response to external manipulation. For instance, using a plastic fork running through the colors in a zigzag or circular motion will redirect the flow of the color. Notice what happens immediately after touching the color with any tool. Also notice what happens if you continue spraying the color with water as you pick up the sheet and cause the color to move dramatically. You can greatly reduce intensity by doing this and then lay the paper down again and pour a bit of the same color into the previous color, redirect the flow with a plastic fork and achieve a completely different effect. Remember to wear plastic gloves! Use a shallow baking pan to catch the excess medium as you turn the paper and allow some of it to drip. Just a few more things to think about.

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