...I am still waiting to confirm the official Creative Every Day theme for April 2014, I don't always work by the theme but I do sometimes use it for inspiration. In the meantime, I was just looking through the March 2013 series and checking it to see how the work 'flows'. I think that I kept the treatment of the figures pretty consistent, and certainly the materials used. Each piece began with either the face drawn in pencil or the figure cut from magazines, which I then combined on a background and added paint and embellishments. Somewhere after the middle of month I started adding a thin layer of flesh-colored acrylic wash over the drawn face to make it 'blend' more with the color of the skin in the figure. One thing that I made a conscious effort to do was to begin and end the series in with the same type of piece, kind of 'bookending' the pieces from the month in between pieces that incorporated two figures. In the piece from March first I was thinking that the larger figure was breathing life, inspiration into the series, as both figures are facing to the right, the natural progression of the pieces, and actual numbering which goes from left to right. In the last piece, I was thinking that the two images were reflection about the series, eyes locked on each other, like maybe the viewer interrupted some hushed conversation that they were having about the series as a whole. Just some of my thoughts.
As I was looking through this series, and the works from February and January of this year I am thinking that I might need to take a break from the way that I have been working on my daily pieces...maybe take a break from small drawings/mixed media.
I think I need to work larger for a month.
I think...no, I know...I need to paint.
What am I going to paint? No idea and I am terrified. I am hoping that the CED theme will give me some guidance. I work in such a restrictive, methodic manner that when I paint I am torn by sheer fear of the blank canvas (which for whatever reason is different for me than a blank paper) and being excited about the movement and freedom in the act of painting. I feel like I never where to start when I paint...but I always know where to start when I draw and that can be frustrating.
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