Tuesday, 31 October 2017
WEEKLY ART PROJECT #51; WRESTLING WITH THE ENEMY
There is one aspect of garden life that is predestined to transform me into a raging-ball-of-fury & that is a hose that keeps kinking and WILL NOT straighten out when asked & allow water to smoothly travel from tap to plant!
Having several garden areas, we also have a variety of watering methods & believe me, if I could do without a hose, I would, but there are times when the hose is the best tool for the job.
For most of my garden owning life, we have had the common 'green' hose that is found in every hardware store from here to kingdom come. However, last year, when my exasperation got too much, we took extreme measures & bought three expensive, allegedly 'non-kinking' hoses.
Alas, they were a complete & utter waste of money. I wrestle with them as much as I wrestled with the cheaper versions! My poor neighbours have to contend with the sound of wailing & gnashing of teeth as I wriggle & writhe the beast into submission. Sigh! It's all quite traumatic.
Soooo, let's see what happened when I gave it the WAP treatment!!
Quite coincidently, just a few hours before doing these sketches, I'd been reading about the artist Brice Marden, whose work looks like an overlay of similarly shaped lines. This inspired me to keep going with this idea & see what transpired. I began to play with a variation of line thicknesses & a design began to emerge.
This is obviously just one layer of fabric that I have cut back & I really like the flow of the lines so much, it was tempting not to stop right here! However...more layering up & cutting back was calling me.
This is the value of a project like this...to learn lessons! Of course, if this was just fabric in the background, I could unpick & try again. However, when paint is applied, the surface is quite different & although I could easily unpick...I wouldn't be able to get rid of the needle holes left behind!!
Even though there are a couple of lines that I would REALLY like to correct, I am actually quite pleased with this little exercise. It retains the essence of what I experience when wrestling with the hose. I am disappointed that the background dried more grey than the white I was aiming for, but it could have been remedied with time & further application of paint before I applied the design.
There was just one more thing that I wanted to try.
This weeks art project is #51 of the 52 & coincides with the conclusion of an Abstraction course I have been taking with Lisa Call. The course has been overwhelmingly brilliant & one of the things I have gained from it, is the understanding that in my art making, if I choose to abstract from reality I'm not obligated to be a slave to that original source. This has been a liberating realisation.