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Around Here: April 2019

More Sketch Inspired Artwork!

As I said earlier this week I'm really enjoying these sketches.  I wanted to share another piece I did from one of the sketches I shared.  Do you remember my claustrophobia sketch?

Here's how it looks as a small painting:

I like it, but I'm not sure it's an idea that's resolved yet.  Here are my thoughts:

  • I'm not sure if white was the right choice.  It might brighten it up too much.  Perhaps bright colors "trapped" by black might have been better.
  • The original sketch has a more floppy pressed down look.  The ovals in this version seem almost too puffy and round.
  • I think I'm suffering a bit from "copying" here.  Instead of working the composition and determining what it wants to be, I'm trying to make it look like the sketch I drew.  I would probably benefit from changing the size of the paper -- perhaps landscape instead of portrait.
  • I think it *does* feel like claustrophobia, but it's still not quite as oppressive as I'd like it to be.
  • I wonder if the lines in the "sky" were a mistake? Do you need open space there in order to create contrast and drive home the claustrophobic feeling?

Art making is a many layered process.  The process of analysis at the end is important to me and -- unfortunately -- often gets lost.  Too often we make something that isn't quite what we wanted and toss it in the bin or cover it up.  But all that effort is worth something.  Your finished work is full of information and ideas.  What works?  What doesn't work?  Why?  This is how I teach myself to create work that I like.

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