I was surprised with how I enjoyed making “art” for this week’s Make Art That Sells assignment.
First of all, I worked making gel prints (see this previous post on printmaking, if interested in that technique) to use as a raw material for my collages. On the process, I was surprised to see that some sort of more figurative drawings were coming quite spontaneously from the prints. It was just a matter of looking at it. For instance, a kind of wolf (or fox?) and a sort of blue hood girl were there, printed on the gelatin, waiting to be discovered. A delicious discover.
On top of that discovery, I had a great time and enjoyed great moments with my lovely daughter, who helped me a lot with encouraging suggestions. It made the process even more fun. Thank you, baby!
The assignment was to create a collage (manually or digitally) using two colours defined by the teacher according to the zodiac sign of the students (mine were blue and red), and adding abstract imaginary, one flower and one word. I chose the word Bloom, because I love flowers. My journey was all manual this time.
I began with the more abstract image above. It was inspired by this relatively old drawing of mine (A), that is part of a sketchbook in which I draw only sketches that I believe are adequate for rugs. I love rugs and I hope one day I can have one rug done with a pattern of mine.
The second wall art attempt I made was the one bellow. It was also inspired by the previous drawing A, but, at the same time, it was related to another drawing of mine, B, from the same sketchbook. Vases of flowers is another recurrent theme in my drawings, as some of you might already have noticed.
The third collage attempt was very focused on the combination of the rounded square shape (a simple shape, originally explored at the first inspirational drawing) with the vase like shape. This attempt was playful and very concerned with positive negative spaces.
The fourth and so far last attempt was a very relaxed one, using the gel prints in a very loose way, tearing them and other papers, not using the scissors a lot. I might have gone a bit too wild there. But I liked it anyway.
Each work had a certain voice and meant something to me. It was hard to choose one to represent my style and upload to the gallery of the course, that will go live on Tuesday. I asked my friends and colleagues and ended up choosing the second artwork. Please forgive the colours. I worked on a 31cmx31cm paper, but either photographed it at night or scanned it in a small scan and tried to put it together in Photoshop. Anyway, here is the last version, after the scanning.
I would love to listen to your opinion. Would you hang any of them on your wall? In case you would, which one? Why?
If you have come so far in this long post, thank you for dropping by. I am trying to get used again to having this kind of blog talk, that I love, btw.
Happy week ahead! Thank you for visiting.