Art Every Day, Monday, March 25, 2013
Before getting started with today's piece, I just wanted to introduce you all the Christa. She is a student, friend, faithful blog follower and fellow outsider artist. Each day before I add my new blog entry I always go back and read her comment from the day before and I am consistently pleased with how she both sees and talks about each new work. She, along with the rest of you who post comments, help me to understand how different eyes view artwork. This process of daily art has been such an eye opener for me and I thank all or you who are joining in whether you comment or not, your participation in this journey is very, very appreciated.
As for today's new piece, I began, and thought that I would end, with a simple grid of hand dyed, discharged and stamped rectangles of fabrics placed on a white ground which was placed on black batting. I stitched the rectangles down with dark brown thread, following the grid. My intent was that was all I was going to do, but when I looked at the "finished" piece it was too simple and lacked interest.
So, I stitched the swirls on. I started with the big one on the upper left and that is where I should have stopped. But I was sticking hard and fast to the balance rules and that yellow green swirl along with the one, yellow green rectangle made just two yellow green things and I was just sure that I needed a third. Well, I should have left well enough alone because after the third I wasn't pleased either and ended up with a total of 5. Now, it's just over crowded with things that you can't really see clearly and as a result it is visually confusing.
Sometimes art making is like picking at a scab, it's hard to leave it alone.