Sunday, March 13, 2016

Stripes and Assmeblage

I've been working on a lot of stripes lately, and finding it really fun to put together layered color, patterns, grid-like elements, and textures.  I am exploring ways in which I can assemble units of stripes into vertical formats.  Take a look:

This is 8" x25"
This is 12"x30"

I tried putting these side by side, using instructions found in this blog post, but I'm not sure this is the right solution.  How do I get a little more space between them?  Anyone?

This stripe format, especially in the strong vertical, is a really fun way to explore composition.  How "busy" can I make a piece and still have it hang together AND look a bit wonky?  I'm thinking of offering a class next year called "Wonky Grids: An Exploration in Composition".    Your thoughts?

I'll post the images singly, so you can see them with more space:


  1. I would take the "Wonky Grids" class!

  2. Sounds like a fun class. When you have your post in 'edit' mode, you should be able to click on each image and put one on the left and one on the right, rather than centred. Hope it works. Other than that, if you have Photoshop or other photo editing software, you can make a new blank image and place each painting on a different layer with some separation between. Does that make sense?

  3. Hi Jane, You can put the 2 images in Photoshop separately. Then make a 3rd file. That file needs to be taller and wider than your two images, plus several more inches for you to adjust the stripes. Do you know how to get three images on the screen at the same time? Hoe is under "window" then arrange at top of screen.
    And I miss your classes. I am waiting for black and white and Yes, would take wonky stripes. It would be fun.
    Take care

  4. Love the stripes....might cut them and collage on black canvas...20x20....reverse Mondrian ..mraz

  5. I'd definitely take "Wonky Grids". I'm starting up some stripe paintings myself and yours are true inspiration!

  6. Photoshop would be the way to go. The HTML code provided by this website creates a 'table' of 2 items. What you need is a table of 3 items...the middle one being a space.

  7. I can see what you are felling it needs it terms of space but I don't have any immediate solutions. I think I would have to do a lot of stripes and let my brain work it out on the job. Perhaps that is the solution - just keep at it and it will come to you. Would love to do 'wonky grids'. Hope you had a fabulous break from blogging. It is good to have you back

  8. I have just read some of the other comments and they seem to be talking about space when publishing the images. I was taking about some visual separation in the work without actually having a visual space between the stripes. I may be on the wrong track altogether.

  9. I love the one on the left. The black/white stripes and the yellow stripe sure make the other colours "pop". Lovely pieces.

  10. HEY, THANKS everyone! Probably Photoshop is the way to go for spacing. Thanks. I'll work on the Wonky Grids idea.

  11. To get more space between the borders try changing the table border in the coding from "1" to "5" or higher?

    eg: table border="5" width="150"

    It wont let me enter html in this form but above should give you a suggestion?

    1. Good advice. You can also experiment with the with of the row tr with="100%" and the td with. But if you're making several I'd do them as one image as people suggested above, using Photoshop or ic - collage.

      Love the stripes! And let me know if you need more help with it.

  12. sounds like a great class. I agree, try photoshop


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