Monday, September 24, 2012

"Look and Listen"


"Look and then listen with your heart." I love analogies that apply to art and life. This quote has meaning for both. So often we can get "frozen in fear" with the thought of making a decision. So look at the circumstance or look at the image and then listen with your heart.

After the last three days of color and then more color, I am now doing a series of experiments with color percentages. In today's posting, I deliberately decided to use very little intense color and went almost totally neutral. I also made things more interesting by mixing up a "sloshy" bit of Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic with lots of water on a glass surface and then dipped portions of the rice paper into this mixture. (Lay it on wax paper to keep from sticking while drying.) 

I love green and orange together, but instead of using a brighter orange for this piece, I opted to use accents of Gold Orange....a nice metallic acryl gouache made by Holbein. The old book spine inclusion was painted with the gold orange on the back side since it was falling apart and the paint simply seeped through the deteriorating spine cloth. Another interesting thing here is the addition of papers with no rice paper overlay adhered to the top of the other book pages hidden under the tinted rice paper.

Also, the addition of text printed on silk tissue paper and crossing over several color blocks (including the book spine) adds a tremendous amount of depth. So the center of interest was created in the darkest areas of the piece where the most layering has taken place and the contrast of opaque, translucent, and transparent layering is prevalent. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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