Monday, April 26, 2010

THE START OF SOMETHING KNOWN BUT NOT KNOWN!

In the middle of trying to unpack from my Oregon trip, deal with end of the month matters, doctors' appointments and all the other "stuff" that gets in the way of what I really want to do (paint) I started my next 30" x 30" painting in the self portrait, quilt collage series.  I figured that the necessary things of life will get done somehow and if I waited until I had free time, I would never have time to paint. The deadline to enter the next "Stroke of Genius" book is the last day of the month.  I thought this might qualify, so I am madly trying to finish the painting, photograph it and submit the results!  This is the first step, collaging all the squares onto the paper.  I then collaged tissue paper torn in strips over all the drawings (haven't photographed that yet)  Tomorrow I will draw a full size self portrait in ink on top and then add paint.  All these drawings were done on assorted yellow page ads.  I really like the maps and venue seating plans.  I have enough old phone books, I could probably do a background with just that imagery. This painting will be more subtle than the last one as the background material is muted in tone.  I have a general idea in my mind how the layered elements of these collaged pieces will look when finished but it is impossible to know exactly what will happen......and that is where a lot of the fun is.  It's always a revelation.  Each time I do one of these paintings, it generates more ideas for the next one. Right now I have about 5 ideas percolating in the back of my mind.  I keep a notebook to write things down as these thoughts are often fleeting.

7 comments:

Cynthia said...

This is a fantastic project...amazing to say the least!!!!! How exciting too!!
Isn´t that something about the journal of ideas.....I tell you I have so many journals, sketchbooks, notebooks with thoughts, ideas, value sketches...I tell you I´d have to live to be 400 to even produce half of them....now where is that vampire friend of mine............

ML said...

Myrna, this is such a great idea! it is fun to see all these together, you truly are an inspiration every time I visit your blog, thanks for sharing!

BrendaJean said...

I'm liking this, Myrna. At this stage the painting is making me think of "We the people". And funny you said what you did. I was thinking yesterday, I could spend all my time doing chores, doctors' appts, other necessary things, and never have it all done. And, NEVER have any time to do my art. I am learning how to give myself permission to do that which I love.

Cinner said...

I love the quilt idea, you are so inspiring and talented. I hope you make the deadline. all things else can wait. take care.

Kathy said...

your ideas are a "creative journey!" It's fascinating to see how they evolve, and how each step builds upon the previous one. This is a great idea!!

Desiree said...

Myrna, your blog is definitely one of my favorites, I love stopping by to see what you have going on! I hope that someday we get to meet up, both living in CA! I just finished a tyvek wallet, what a blast, am going to make more. I think that would be such a fun exchange too!! Any takers?

RHCarpenter said...

What a great idea! And to be in the Not Knowing is a good place to be - you are open, willing to see what comes up, and ride with it.

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