Art Every Day, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Here is today's new piece. Each time we decide to try something new, something that is different from what we know to be true, we risk things not working out how we think they might. I perused several modern art books this morning while drinking my morning coffee and I came across several things that I really liked and thought I would try to incorporate into some of my daily pieces.
First, I really liked this colorway of brown negative space with black, white and red on top. Then, I liked the play of squares and rectangles off of stark lines and finally, I wanted to explore Paul Klee's use of thin dark lines superimposed on top of shape.
So, I did some layering and ironing down of shapes and lines and made my first misstep; I stitched down all of the shapes with black thread rather than switching out thread colors for the individual fabric colors. If I had done that, then the contrasting thread on the colored shapes wouldn't be competing with the contrasting black line that is stitched on top. Now, I like the the swirl and straight line stitch out that I laid down on top of every thing, except for how it gets confused with the other outlines, however, I wish I had done it with a heavier line. And the final misstep, I wish that I had centered the brown background rectangle instead of off setting it. That way, I could have used the tiny black stipple in the gray/black batting all the way around the piece to add some unity.
All in all, I like the really abstract look and I will play more with the lines on top of shapes idea, but I'll pay better attention next time.