Thursday, December 11, 2008

Clicks and Snaps of Time

Color gives feelings to images. A warm color like yellow, red or magenta give a different feeling than a cool color like blue, teal or lilac.

I've been painting 12x12" pieces of cardstock, putting collage images on them and just enjoying the color play.

A jewelry piece can photograph totally differently if it's on a bright, white background, a black or grey, or something with lots of colors and textures.

Whether dyeing fabric, painting paper or coloring jewelry pieces, I really enjoy working with lots of saturated color. I'm trying to use more of the cool colors, as I'm most comfortable with the warmer spectrum. The browns, sepia tones, and warm tomato reds.

I'm using more blue, gray and greens. Trying to expand the color palette.

I have some sheets of prepared canvas, really large ones. I think it'll be fun to spread them out on some newsprint and do a collage on them. They have such a nice cloth-like texture, not smooth and shaded like coated paper.

Taking the sheets and using copies of them to make Artist Trading Cards, for sharing.

I've noticed something really odd, at least it seems unusual to me. If I take a really random piece of paper with a collage background and lots of writing or colors applied, and make an enlarged copy of it, suddenly it changes. It looks finished, complete.

I have sort of experienced the same thing with photographs of famous paintings, when you see them in person after seeing them only in a print or photograph from a book. The scale is different, and you can see the brushstrokes and the little details. You can't touch the original painting, but you can get close, and see all the surface areas and places where the artist touched the canvas.

Have you ever stood for a long time in front of a favorite painting, looking close up at all the brushstrokes, imagining the artist at work in another place and at another time?

Who is your all-time favorite artist? The one you are most inspired by.

Want to take a peek into other artist's studios, 'where the magic happens'? here's a fun look from an interesting blog.
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SarahKelley said...

What you said abou scale making a difference . . I always liked Van Gogh . . . but when I saw his stuff in person! Wow! It's almost 3D! Loved! Monet on the other hand translates almost painlessly into smaller pictures . . .

LLYYNN said...

Have you been to the museum in Washington, D.C. where they have the water lilies paintings that wrap around an entire room - it's like walking right inside the painting! I'd seen them in smaller scale in books and was pleasantly surprised to see them so very large scale. On the other hand, the Mona Lisa painting by Da Vinci is tiny! I pictured it mentally to be a huge portrait, and it's really small. You're so right about Van Gogh, it's like he was painting with thick, wavy paint.

HINT Jewelry Design said...

I totally understand what you mean about blowing something up so it looks finished. I use to do that with fingerprints. The lines of finger prints are so beautiful on a gigantic scale.

I love Botticelli and actually got a stern talking to after standing too close to look at his brushstrokes in his painting.

My favorite brushstrokes are by the painters John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri.

LLYYNN said...

Beth, I never thought of doing the enlargement idea with fingerprints. And most of the fingerprints I have on my collages are accidental! But what an interesting possibility.

I took one of my watercolor paintings and enlarged it on a color printer, and I was surprised how it changed. The scale must be something basic to how we look at images. Have you ever done that with a photograph, made it really large like 11x17 or even bigger? Somehow it changes its presence.

HINT Jewelry Design said...

Oh, I'm so glad you like the fingerprint idea, because I find it pretty powerful how lines can then become giant shapes of their own. I've never enlarged a painting, but now I'm intrigued. I've been designing a necklace for your pendant in my head and I hope to do it this weekend. Can't wait to see it come into life :)

LLYYNN said...

I read an article about Degas and how he worked in pastel with oils over them sometimes. Apparently you can often find his fingerprints on his drawings in charcoal.

How exciting about the little pendant, can't wait to see!