In a previous post, I talked about the importance of having a title -or even just a name by which to refer to a piece. The small canvas that is the genesis for the larger work I'm about to discuss was referred to as 'Flag', because it was partially reminiscent of a rearranged flag. It wasn't much of a title, but it turns out to be appreciably better than nothing.
I am by no means committed to the title 'Flag', but it (the working title) gives me a starting/departure point to dive into the piece. Almost like an interesting sketch that I am eager to put down on a canvas, sometimes the (working) title helps generate ideas on how a piece needs to develop. It may not be 'where' the piece ends up, but having a title/descriptor helps generate forward momentum.
I cut the small canvas ('Flag') free from its stretcher bars and attach it to a larger canvas. As both a fun visual, and added holding power, I also stitch it into place. The stitching is overkill, but it is a nice subtle visual treat.
A couple shots of some of the stitching.
While I'm discussing the original smaller image/canvas, I'm going to detour ever-so-briefly to a few early stage photos I recently came across whilst unsuccessfully looking for another image on my hard drive. Anyway, here are a few early pics of the small image.
Hey, I didn't say they were Earth-shattering images...back to the piece already in progress.
Time to add the first wave of color. Since the working title is 'Flag', the use of red seems like a good foundation on which to build a composition. If the color scheme is truly horrible, I can paint over it. But marks/colors of any kind allow me to 'respond' to something. A blank canvas can be quite daunting.
Sticking with the 'Flag' motif a bit further, I paint several long stripe-like rectangles.
Now for some color...
Just a little bit more.
'Flag', or whatever it will ultimately be titled, is taking shape. I have roughly 4 weeks to complete it, along with all the rest of my pieces for Pop Culture Palimpsest. Who needs sleep?