Well, it’s good to be back home… as Dorothy says “there is no place like home” and it’s so true.
We had a great time this week on Cape Cod. One of our favorite spots to visit. We’ve been going for years, whether to rent or stay in a condo we once owned.
Between taking long walks, playing some tennis, hitting the beach, riding our bikes (killer 15 miles, I might add.. ouch on the tush), eating great food and a visit to the excitement of Provincetown, I was able to get in a day of art.
I brought with me a small art bag which included Bristol paper, Portfolio Oil Pastels, watercolor paints, fine line black markers in case I did any drawing.. (I didn’t) and a glue stick.
I was inspired by the art in our condo bedroom. So, I visualized a page with colors and smudging of oil pastels, took some pictures as I created it and this is what I came up with…
I started with a blank page and just made colored squares with my oil pastels and started to rub each section with my finger to smudge them.
After rubbing them, I put a black border around each square.
Then rubbed the borders in for shadows.
I wanted to add something to the page, but I didn’t bring anything else with me.. so I ripped a page out of a magazine and crumpled it up. Then I scribbled oil pastels in columns and took a damp paper towel to rub it all in..
Then tore long triangles. The idea was to make paper beads.
I used a pencil and my eyeliner stick to roll the beads on and adhered them with my glue stick. Then I further painted them with my water color paints and did some drippings on the beads.
Here they are. Now what?
I decided, just for fun to smash the beads and make them flat and put them around the edges of the borders. Just having fun with what I had in front of me. Not sure I LOVE this piece, but it was a fun process. I can imagine an entire page of these smashed beads. They look/feel so organic and natural. Something about the torn paper.
I worked on the colors of the squares, rubbing further and taking away the center colors a little.
Here is my end result… FOR NOW. Back in the studio, I may play a bit more with it. Maybe some fabric and fibers… maybe a transfer on top.. maybe rip it up for other projects…. endless, I tell you.. endless….. what do you think?
I have to get back in the groove here at home. I think I’ll be doing laundry until 2012. Back to work tomorrow.. ugh.. I can see about 300 emails waiting for me.. damn.. where are those ruby red slippers when I need them.. I’d wish to be back on the Cape.
Thanks for stopping by.