Friday, October 20, 2006

Flinging paint

I've been working on a piece, as yet untitled. This is one of the problems of not naming things in series ie Whatever #1, Whatever #2, etc. I tried that once and after I got to #3 I couldn't keep them straight in my head anymore. Each piece is distinct and needs its own name, and so I will continue to struggle with names of pieces. But I digress.

This latest piece started with a background of blue and blue-green fabrics stitched together. I wanted to unify them even more and thought I would try something inspired by one of Robert Genn's Twice Weekly Essays entitled "Saving a Painting". All the tips related to painting, and I particularly like the one that says "Obscufate incompetence with a scumble." This just sounds funny to me since I don't know what 'scumble' is and am too lazy to look it up. Anyhow, I thought I would try "unify by glazing a mother color", more or less. I wanted to fling paint at the piece and first had to solve the problem of containing the paint that doesn't land on the fabric.

I finally hung an old shower curtain down in the basement and attached the background fabric on top of that so that there was something around the edges. Dipped my paintbrush in blue paint and just flung away, ala Jackson Pollock. Then did the same with green paint.

I like this very much, and the paint spatters that ended up on the floor and ceiling and overhead lights just add to the art studio ambience of my basement. I'm up to the quilting stage on this, and with the amount of intensive stitching that I'm doing, it's taking a fair amount of time. Audio books downloaded to my MP3 player help to occupy my brain.

Lately it seems that the bookkeeping part of art has occupied more of my time than the art part of art. I completed calls for two public art projects, and have two more awaiting my attention. It seems that everybody wants digital images these days, which is great, except that everybody want them in different sizes. There are also a couple of shows I want to enter but juggling what will be available is tough. I have three shows coming up, both with the possibility of sales (probably remote possibilities, but...) and I don't like entering something into a show when it just might get sold beforehand. I need to make more work.


Gerrie said...

I love flinging paint at a textile piece. I love the randomness and serendipity of what happens. Thanks for reminding me! I, too, am feeling the lack fo work to enter and have for sale. Must get to work.

gabrielle said...

Cathy, this is a great piece. I know your series will be spectacular if you follow this same formula....can't wait to see it.

DubiQuilts said...

I really love your piece! I am sure you will find the time balance for paper work and your art.

teri springer said...

Yep, Cathy...oce again, it's a winner. And more in *my* colors.....I have been moving my art collection all over the condo trying to find the right place for everything. I wanted your piece prominently displayed....was in the kitchenette- nope...not right. I am thinking at the front door.

Keep up the great are such an inspiration!!

Oh, and Terry (? can't think of her last name now....d'uh) has that great software that helps you keep track of what has been entered where and dates it will be unavailable, etc. I know Caryl Bryer Fallert has it....