|View. Version 1 (9x12, mixed media on stretched canvas)|
There seem to always be "rules" on what makes an artwork "good". And it's those "rules" that, if followed too closely, keep us all from starting a new piece. That blank page, blank canvas syndrome. "Like....what if it isn't good enough?!" head trip. And...we all have ways of working through this...some more successful than others! (A glass of wine and the proper music always seems to help me!!!)
In any case, one "rule" that I had to learn was that working with mixed media is that it can always be redone! (Same goes for painting with acrylic...a good coat of gesso and/or white paint cover a multiple of sins!!!) Once I accepted this "rule" as a truth...it's been easier for me to try things out...and to redo a piece if I need to! This is the case with "View".
I showed this on my blog a little while ago with a couple of other pieces and asked for feedback. And...while the other pieces received favorable comments, "View" was met with "damning with faint praise...". All of which I had to a agree with.... Okay...so Version 1 is above. It really does need some help! So....I redid the slide image in the middle, "distressed" the background a bit more...and then added some "splats" that I feel tie the piece together...and help give it more of a "story"....
|View - Version 2.|
|View -Version 2. (close-up)|
What do you think? Better? Worse? Still needs work? Maybe something in the lower box? I'm undecided although I do like the changes. (Oh...and looking at these pics, I have to state that the color and focus could be better...sort of rushed here...)
I'm just finishing up four small collages...all part of a series. They're 4x6 inches and utilize some different elements...these I'm liking a lot! I should be able to post images of these next week...so do check back in!!