Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Up Close and Personal


Sometimes I need to get started on something, anything, just to generate new ideas.  

Chuck Close - WikiCommons


The wisdom of artist Chuck Close has been taken to heart.  He says, "Every idea occurs while you are working.  If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration, 
you could sit there forever."
I've done that.

So, I started with these two pieces.  I was using them to practice the gouache resist-India ink technique and wasn't necessarily going to post them.  But then, I thought, "Why not write about it?"



Later, while still painting, I thought of the word "parameters."  It is a word I heard over and over while watching Sketchbook Revival yesterday.

Hence, the plan for working in a series was formed for the summer months.  I like the idea of thinking very deeply about a subject or an emotion, theme, color, technique, ...

I also like the idea of working in a short series (6-12 paintings), and not concentrating on making some big "official" body of work.

So, a number of smaller short series projects sounds like a good plan for the summer since it will also free up time for other adventures in creativity - art projects, crafts & gardening.




30 comments:

  1. Don’t know if you use the gouache resist/india ink technique like Val Webb, but these are already so beautiful!! I can’t imagine them with ink on them - will you share when you do the next steps?

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  2. Ah, thanks, Rhonda. I don't know how Val Webb does hers, but these were just done with white gouache up to the pencil lines (allowed to completely dry) followed by India ink (allowed to completely dry). Once the ink was rinsed off, I colored them with watercolor. I consider them "duds" because I removed too much India ink - that's why you asked about the next step. There is no next step. I screwed them up... The awesome final effect was rinsed down the drain by me this morning. But I am stubborn & will keep trying till I get it right.

    I did a search for Val Webb and saw that you mentioned her in an older post on your blog. I went to your post, July 21, 2014, and found your amazing birds. THAT's how it's supposed to look! Your pieces are gorgeous, my friend! I hope you do more of them!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Nothing freezes me up more than concentrating on a big 'important' piece. Your art pieces are lovely by the way.

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  4. Thank you, Christine. Appreciate your lovely comment.

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  5. They don't look like duds to me. They are lovely.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carole. I called them duds because I lost the effect I was looking for. I still like them and learned from them...

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  6. Oh, this sounds like a plan to me. How pretty they are... See, I don't know how they are supposed to be done 'right'... so these look fantastic to me.

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    1. Thanks, Barbra.
      I think they're supposed to look more batik-y (?).

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  7. These are great! An interesting technique! And I love seeing your 'duds' because they will lead to even greater things, I'm sure!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. This technique has me thinking.
      Like everyone else, I've got lots of duds.

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  8. Bonjour chère amie,

    C'est avec des petits essais qu'on progresse et que les grandes idées surgissent. Il faut bien les conserver, ils sont si précieux.
    A l'atelier, j'ai un grand flacon de verre dans lequel je conserve mes petits essais, mes petits ressentis du moment, de vacances, d'instants heureux. Peu à peu, il se remplit... Chaque fois que je l'ouvre pour y ajouter un petit dessin tout en couleurs, je me dis que c'est le flacon à énergie !

    Un très joli billet... merci pour le partage.


    Gros bisous ☘️

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    1. Bonjour, Martine,
      Il n'y a rien de mal à avoir de petits échecs. Cela fait partie de l'expérience d'apprentissage.
      Et la bouteille d'énergie est une très belle, très belle idée. Merci de l'avoir partagé !
      Votre nouveau dessin est merveilleux. J'ai hâte de voir votre tableau !
      Des câlins chaleureux pour toi.

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  9. Hello Chris,
    Wonderful paints.
    It's always nice and good to get a new idea. A new serie, I'm curious...hihi...!!

    Sweet greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco.
      A new series will be fun to paint!
      Warmly, Chris

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  10. good luck with the series :) and having it be a short series and an unofficial series takes the pressure off of creating which can help :)

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  11. Both look great. Thanks for the link about sketching! Signed up and loved day 1 about making your own sketchbooks, and having intentions and parameters.

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    1. Oh, good, Carol. I'm going to try to put those little sketchbooks together this weekend. Hope you enjoy the other videos, too.

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  12. A series for the summer will be fun! Your "practice pieces" are so sweet. I'm glad you decided to post them.

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  13. Good luck with the series! Those both look just great Chris! Chuck Close is a very wise man and artist !
    Hugs, Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi. I really like Chuck Close, too.
      Big hug to YOU!

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  14. Both ladies are beautiful, Chris! Have fun creating more paintings in this series!

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  15. I like both your pieces here ...

    All the best Jan

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  16. "... If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration, you could sit there forever" - what a really cool quote!
    Your two gouache/ink pieces are beautiful!

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  17. Wonderful idea and amazing work! I'm going to check out Sketchbook Revival.

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