Monday, 2 January 2017
WEEKLY ART PRACTICE #13; KLEE TO CLIFF BRANCHES
Over the past few days I have been taking particular note of the branches of trees on our property. I've noticed that after a rainfall, or in different levels of light, some branches show off their own unique elegance quite apart from being connected to a trunk or as part of the greater whole...a tree!
Are you wondering why & what on earth inspired me to engage in such a peculiar exercise? Well, it all stems from an article I read recently about artist Paul Klee. To be honest, I remember very little of the written part of the article, what has stayed with me though is one of the included images.
THIS is where it got a bit tricky! My organised, disciplinarian self was saying,
"Wait just a minute Joy...you are going wayyyy off track. You are SUPPOSED to be producing something Kleeian!"
Whereas my go-with-the-flow self was saying,
"FANTASTIC, this is gorgeous. I love this tree. What can I do with it??"
Let me just say that several pieces of paper, a considerable period of time & a battle ensued!
In the end my go-with-the-flow self won this battle!
Sooooooo, I had a design, but what to do with it colourwise. I was still trying to refer to Klee's piece which had inspired me in the first place, but then noticed that this tree looked as if it could have been painted onto a piece of Clarice Cliff pottery! I guess that is why I kept coming back to the tree canopy being in red/orange/yellow colours!
However, I just felt it looked a bit boring, so I did this....
Eventually I stopped at this. I cut away the piece I'd sewn lines onto & stitched on this shade darker blue, which also has movement in it.
It's still not ideal. But it will have to do!
I would still like to have a go at a more Klee-like branch inspired piece, but to be honest...I think I might be better to wait until I've found out more about how he chose his colours. They may have initially looked like random placement, but on closer inspection he seems to have placed them with purpose. Also, a 15cm square doesn't give me much space to play with my branches either, so I think changing course was a good move. Otherwise I could still be stuck organising shapes in a square!!
Regardless of the angst this exercise has wrought...I still LOVE my tree design!!