I've been working on a kot of grid paintings in my journal. Now, I am working on 4" x 4" tiles that are the same as grids but can be rotated and moved around a lot to different compositions. I really like this way of creating grids. Here is my first one. It's pretty busy so I don't know where my eye is going. Maybe to just give me a headache! But it shows the power of black & white.
I took a free online class from Jessica Ybarra . It made me interested in weaving. I have lots of yarns and roving from other experiements I have done in fiber art and the loom was pretty inexpensive so I thought I would give it a try.
I like how it sits on the loom so I'm unsure of what to do next. If I leave it on the loom, as kind of a frame, I can't make any more unless I buy another loom! My brother is a wood worker so maybe he can make me a few similar looms. I don't mind paying since this is like paying for framing of some of my mixed media works.
I also think I will add more weavings to cover more of the white string (warp?) at the top. I can say this is very zen. No pressure. No pattern. No idea how it will look in the end. Just my kind of art-making!
I love making paper. Sometimes, I make it from pulp and sometimes, I just print, stamp, paint on watercolor or mixed media paper. But now, I have a LOT of papers!
So how to use all this paper? I've started to collage these papers into new compositions. Here's one I did recently. I machine stitched around the edges to give it a mixed media feel. Not sure I liked that but will continue to experiment as I continue to collage my papers in the future.
If you would come to my studio, you would see lots of notebooks, filled with my efforts to mix colors together to make new colors. I usually do this using "tags" so I can re-arrange a color palette and know what it might look like.
For this exercise, I wanted to know how my colors would contrast with black, since black has always been a color I have struggled with but always liked in the end.
It was also fun to see more colors on the page together in a group. I tend to sort my paints along the colors of the color wheel because I know that analogous colors always work.
I have to say, after years of making these "swatches" I rarely go back and visit them but the process, in itself, is training my mind in a way I never imagined. This process is developing my "intuition" and I think that's what is the underpinning of the advent of AI these days. If you train your mind (or computer) on lots of information from a variety of sources, then your mind begins to see the world through a different lens.
Hmmm. Getting too psychological for this Saturday night!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!