Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More experiments today!

No, not fun but necessary, I guess.  At least that's what seems to happen for me.  I need the time to experiment and play and try things... but this is indeed work for me.  I don't particularly have fun not knowing what to do next.  Or wondering whether I should try something or not.  But I've come to realize that this is the way I have to work.  Try something.  Don't be (too) afraid to mess it up.  And even if it totally is a failure--what's the cost?  Some material costs and some time.  Not a big deal in the long run--and compared to other things in life.  Right?

Anyway!  Here goes with today's experiments.  First thing this morning I cut up a painting I'd done one one of the first days here:

As I started rearranging these parts I noticed that two were particularly interesting to me:

I can see how these two sections might be potential tapestry designs... maybe a diptych?  And woven large, say 24" wide X 80+" or so?  And woven at 6 epi so that I could work with large bundles of weft, perhaps.  More to think about now after taking the leap of cutting up something.

Later in the day I took a couple of earlier paintings to the larger studio to work on with earth pigment.  Here they are before:

And here they are after:

I've also done a few other things today, including submitting an online entry to an exhibit.

And late in the afternoon I sat on the porch after taking a walk and though about what I'm trying to do while here and with any of my seeking of images.  Here's the first page of the journal entry about that:

More to come in the final few days while here!  I hope that some tapestry works will result from all of these experiments.  But if they don't, that's OK.  They'll come as they will, I guess.

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