Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A Grab Bag of Progress: Vol. XVI

A sneak peek at some of the projects/test compositions (in various stages of completion) going on my studio as of late.  As per usual with my 'Grab Bag of Progress' posts, mostly pictures, minimal words.







The following several images are just playing around with composition ideas on canvases before I make any lasting decisions.







Kinda partial to this configuration.


I added some canvas seams to the far right to add a little more density to that side of the composition.


Now to test signs silhouettes with an old stitched 'wound' I salvaged from another decommissioned composition.







Yeah.









I think this configuration might be the winner.  Even as a 'winner', I would not be surprised if I ultimately attached this to a larger canvas/composition.


Back to trying out some elements on my larger blank canvas.





After all of those different trials, I think this is the one I'm going to proceed with.



Gotta do a 'tummy tuck' on the canvas...


Next time we'll take a look at Sails.



Saturday, June 27, 2020

Detour Crossroad: Part I


The beginnings of Detour Crossroad.




Now for some line work to be added into the equation.


The mustachioed gentleman is Double Diamond Man from Double Diamond Beer.








I think everything is in place on the first layer.  Time to let this dry and then add some color in about a week or so.


Next time we check in with Detour Crossroad, it will be more colorful.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Spark of an Idea: Vol. III


Sometimes the smallest things can generate an idea (or even ideas -if you're lucky).  When I was removing the hooks from the back of The Big Show (you can read about that piece by clicking on this LINK) , seeing the hook just made me think of the eye-hook hanger that would complete the transaction.  From there, a whole piece just popped into my head.


I knew if I didn't jot down this fleeting idea quickly it would dissipate just as quickly as it formed.  Since I wasn't close to any of my sketchbooks, I just did a quick finger doodle in my 'Notes' app on my phone.  Here's that drawing -just enough to remind me of what I was thinking.

Months later I finally got around to tackling that idea.  I started with a thumbnail sketch...


...and then I moved on to laying out the piece on a canvas.



Once I had the hooked pieces satisfactorily arranged, I laid down some cardboard so I could draw out the other shapes needed to complete the composition.



Before I cut the shapes out, I write numbers on the various shapes.  The numbers on the different sections/shapes are to remind me how thick (layers of cardboard) I want to make each section.  Because once these sections are all cut out, they may reside in a plastic grocery bag for quite a while before I get back to working on this piece again.  I can't trust in 3 weeks or 3 months that I will remember what I was thinking today.



The basic layout...


...looks similar to the original sketch.


As an added bonus I've included some negative shapes that were generating while cutting out the shapes I wanted.  They might spark ideas of their own.  Who knows?





Next time we'll look at some other things, or maybe some stuff...