Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I posted this work as an abstract a couple of days ago. It was an underpainting for a collage related a Feng Shui exercise. I really liked it, but decided to do what I had set out to do. So, I went ahead and glued my images on the board. Thank you again, Joyce, for the inspiration. Artistically, I liked the abstract underpainting, but the collage has a lot more meaning. Vision boards are not usually shared publicly, so I won't go into the details of what it means...or what it means to me. Suffice it to say there are a lot of good things in my future, including "Arteriors," reading and travel. I love the quote that ended up pretty much in the center of the composition. It is "One should always be a little bit improbable" -Oscar Wilde. I also love the cast on the arm that has an impressionist painting on it. I have been having trouble with my right arm and have learned that it is a torn rotator cuff. I am improving now that I have a diagnosis and physical therapy. I was thinking of making some beauty out of my pain. I think this board will evolve. My plan is to add other things that are meaningful as I come acroos them. It is about 36" x 36" in size, so has room for a lot of addition ideas. I'm glad I used the tissue background because some of the areas need more input. The lower right had has the door to the world. That is how I am feeling right now.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Today, I went to a workshop conducted by my friend Joyce Gotsch. The idea was to create a vision board of our intentions, goals, desired achievements, etc for the coming year in nine Feng Shui areas. Joyce did such a great job and gave us boards divided into the nine areas. We leafed through magazines to find images that would help us remember our intentions for those nine areas. I got a lot of images, but didn't get to the point of collaging them just yet.
I had an idea to block out the nine areas with a tissue paper "underpainting." This was for two reasons.....one was to kind of define the areas and another was so I wouldn't have so much white space on the foam core board. I got some tissue paper in colors and assembled the underpainting, which is above. I am actually pretty happy with it as an abstract painting right now, and don't feel like I want to start gluing stuff on it just yet. I'll think about it overnight and then decide what to do.