Saturday, May 26, 2012

Scribble Painting Progress

I wanted to post the progress on the Visual Journal, as I have new video and images to share with you, but my video camera and my computer are not getting along.  While they work out their dispute, I'll show you what I'm doing with the Scribble Paintings.

I decided to do about a dozen 10"x10" scribble paintings limiting the palette to this purple-gold-black-gray-light yellow thing, with accents of bright orange.  I also decided to keep using the same circle and doughnut motifs.  Here are a few that came out of that group:





Here is my wall with some of the scribble paintings.
I did not know where this would take me: either I'd get really good at using this limited set of elements and limited palette, or I'd get sick to death of it, or get stale or predictable.  What happened was the latter.  I got stale, the pieces started looking boring, contrived, self-conscious.  The ones above, to me, were on a roll, the the subsequent pieces are the ones that fell apart.  So I took the opportunity to throw a monkey wrench into them, introduce new colors and elements, "wreck" them into submission.  Here are two that came out of this group:

I covered over lots of this one, added the green/turquoise stamp, some collage, more lines...  It may be still in progress.
This one underwent a few transitional phases; lots of the original is covered up, but I think it finally came together. 
I enjoyed this little experiment of getting myself deliberately into a rut, and then getting out of it. 
 
More on the journal soon.

11 comments:

  1. I love them all. The first set is wonderful, and the last "wrecked" piece is to die for!

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  2. The limited colors really worked well and the results are very cohesive. I'm thinking that scribble, as a name , doesn't do them justice. Your scribbles are someone else's very thought out composition. Great group, can't pick a favorite.

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  3. The images I find on your blog always get me off to a good start for the day Jane. Boring, and predictable....NOT!

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  4. Well you got four terrific "scribbles" before getting into a rut! These are beautiful - and it's a super palette. But I agree with you, after a while, enough is enough and one more is too much. Julie-Anne is right - these definitely don't look like scribbles to me, but you can call them whatever you want. I'd be happy to have a major artistic effort turn out as nicely as your scribbles. BTW, I like the new colors added to the last two. I think I'd have to say I like them even better than the first ones.

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  5. OK, maybe I should start calling them something other than "scribble paintings". Any suggestions? It's more a state of mind I'm after here, not a particular look or result. THANKS for the comments!

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  6. I just love how bold and commanding your pieces are. Perhaps State of Mind Painting should be the name since that is what you are after. I am not particularly concerned about the name, I just love the results.

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  7. Again I love the boldness, the sass if you will, of your scribble paintings!! The last two look really fantastic!

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  8. These are not only very good paintings, but excellent compositional practice work!

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  9. You've inspired me. Found you via pinterest and spent the morning in art class having fun with this type of abstract stuff. I especially love the last piece. You have a good way with color which is where I usually come apart.

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  10. absolutely wonderful, and these are not scribbles!

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