This morning I printed out the latest monthly challenge piece for my critique group. My interpretation of this painting is due in June. And while doing a little of that pesky hand sewing, I have been sitting and staring at it. And feeling a bit baffled.
Not that I don't like the piece. I do, very much. It is by Stuart Davis, one of my favorite modernist painters. And it is very abstract. I love a good abstract painting. Especially a good RED abstract painting.
|Stuart Davis, Cliche, 1955|
So what can I do with this painting? It seems a bit chaotic in composition. I could perhaps focus on the text and incorporate this into my piece. Or I could straighten out the curves and create a piece that I could then call "Stuart Davis Buys a Ruler." Or I could simplify the chaos in some way, making my piece much more spare and open. Or I could create a piece using curves and lines, but with no real relation to the shapes or composition of the original piece. Or I could just make a "happy" (this strikes me as a happy painting -- must be the palette) piece, totally improvisationally. I considered all of these and nothing really fired my imagination.
Or, when in doubt, chop it up! So I did.
Now I'm getting interested!
While I won't use any one of these as a "template," I will use them as a starting point. I can see making a piece with lines and curves in a very limited palette. Two colors. At least, I'll try to keep it to two colors. Tints and tones of the two chosen colors don't count as additional colors, do they? I love to slightly vary the background.
OK, enough hand sewing for today. I think it's time to take a machine sewing break! I'll hopefully have a finished project to show soon.....