Chosen Sunday, February 24, 2013
I used two, actually four, canvases to create the “exclamation point” within an exclamation point for emphasis on the topic – It!
This is another topic I loved yet struggled with. I knew I wanted to created the double exclamation points by hot gluing the smaller canvases onto the larger ones but wasn’t sure what I wanted the image to represent. I chose a face reflecting confidence and the approving thumbs up acknowledging the “it”.
Chosen Sunday, February 17, 2013
This is another of my contributions. But first, here’s the story behind the phrase “Got It”.
A few years back my PA sisters and I drove down to visit our North Carolina sister for a Sisters Weekend. We stopped for gas and as I was filling the tank a gentleman drove past our car and yelled out to me “You got it!” I looked up puzzled, I suppose, but slightly amused not sure if I had heard him correctly. (Please note: I am not a type that normally or regularly attracts much attention and certainly not that particular day after driving over 6 hours.) But just to make sure he got his point across, he drove around a second time and once again commented – “You got IT!” I chuckled and got into the car. My sisters asked me what he said to me. I responded emphatically – “I’ve got IT!” (emphasis on “it”). It has become somewhat of a joke now between us.
Everybody has probably experienced days when they recognize their “it” is on. It’s like being in a zone. Conversely, on the days you feel flat and have no rhythm, you’ve lost your “it”. But sometimes all you need to get it back is an observation from a random stranger.
This topic could have been approached in any of several ways. One would have been to just play without regard to the final product. I revisited Week 5, Memory Book, and created a new, larger collage of miscellaneous found objects and items of interest.
My second approach was to capture a moment from one of my favorite periods in my life, raising my children. This is an acrylic painting of my son and his best buddy when they were playing in the backyard. “More Fun, Less Effort” perfectly sums up those years when my kids were young and brought me pure joy (as in – before they hit their teens!).
This was another of my favorite topics gone bad. The object was to capture bits of conversations off the street and create an interpretation. However, the week was particularly busy and cold, so I was not out and about at all. Went to work, came home, ate, slept, repeated each day. By the time Saturday came around, I was still without a stolen snippet and desperate to get one. I walked into town (there’s always people walking around the stores downtown Bethlehem) and tried to eavesdrop on the few who ventured out that chilly afternoon. This is what happened – the people I encountered either had nothing interesting to say, spoke too softly to their companion or said nothing at all. A very quiet outing. So I resorted to using miscellaneous comments I overheard during the work week. I have to admit that this painting took several weeks/phases to be “complete enough” to my satisfaction. I am trying not to be too critical throughout this project so – it is what it is. But definitely, a topic I may revisit in my spare time.
Chosen Sunday, February 3, 2013
I have been dying to call this topic. The intention is to listen to people you pass on the streets, in stores, or anywhere in the general public and eaves drop on the conversations. Even if only a few seconds, the words captured represent a fragment of the entire story. And sometimes they are so bizarre, you’d love to hear the rest of the story.
So we got through January and I have to say, I am happy with the results. We both completed the 5 topics in January and reviewed them over pizza and champagne. One thing we have discovered is that one week is not a long time to complete a quality finished product.
So after one month, I’d personally like to take a step back and rethink my goals of this project. I guess for starters, the main objective is to think creatively more often. Now that I am working an 8-5 job again, it is easy to slip into a rut and waste the tired evenings away. This year-long project will help prevent that.
Now regarding the quality…I am not sure it is the most important goal but I certainly would love to have several portfolio pieces by the end of a year. I mean really, 52 pieces of art, certainly not ALL of them can be horrible, right?
The great thing I have been experiencing is the desire and continued excitement of exploring where I haven’t been for a very long time. I WANT to come home and work on the topic of the week. I am also finding that as I am working on the topic, a dozen or more ideas come to me for future projects. And that is definitely a good place to be.
I set out to begin my collage with miscellaneous items of relevance and/or interesting textures. I started with a piece of wood, stapled fabric down and gessoed it. Painted textures and washes and added tissue paper and an actual page from my journal, and watched as the piece came to life. It is small, approximately 6″ x 9″. I’d like to try something like this again. Very fun.