It seems like some pieces of art know exactly where they are going and I just follow them along. Others, however, I feel like I have to push along a twisted path until we get to our destination. The pieces of art I’m showing you today are from the later group. I started them many months ago and right off the bat, hit a road block. They began easily enough, with a layer of paper added – along with some acrylic gel for texture. Next I layered of some acrylic “paint skins” in a couple of tones.
Hmmmm….now what? How about some threads running through it? Why not!
And right there, is where I got stuck! I sat them aside, keeping them visible enough that I would see them from time to time, waiting for inspiration to strike and I would suddenly know where they wanted to go. They sat. And sat. And sat some more. Nothing ever came flashing through my brain but the longer I looked at them I decided we were just at a dead end and needed to turn around and proceed in a different direction. Last week we finally continued our journey. I began layering on different color paints and then, when those layers were dry, mixed up a batch of paint with some “course texture” medium added in. It felt like there was sand in the mixture as I spread it on and, when it dried, it kind of felt like the surface of a rough stucco building.
After I put the layer on I went back and scraped away some areas to make the surface color & texture varied.
That needed to dry for quite a while! After it was dry I returned to layering on different colors.
As you can image the surface was getting really textured after all these layers being added – which is just what I wanted! I still felt it was missing something and then thought back to the very first layer that was added under all that paint. Words! It needed some words! So I clipped some small pieces of text, along with some textured, transparent, fiber paper and added those next.
Almost there now! I really liked the look of the words but also wanted them to be partially hidden to where each viewer would feel like they were discovering a secret message tucked within the color & texture of the piece. One more session of mixing paints to get just the color I wanted and it was time for the final layer! After it covered most of the surface I returned to scrap it away in certain spots.
DONE! Although I felt like we wrestled to get here I am pleased with the finished pieces.
What kind of journeys do you enjoy? The easy road with no detours or the ones that wind into places you didn’t expect to discover? I think I aim for the first but enjoy the second when it accidently happens. The detours make the best stories! 🙂