Have you ever bought anything sight unseen? I do not know if it counts but I started buying clothes from an online company. They send clothes once a season and you buy what you want and then send back the rest. I think you can peek to see what is being sent to you but I have not done that. I put this company on hold because I have so many clothes that I never wear and buying more just does not make sense. It is kind of fun getting a surprise in the mail though.
Yes, “hidden in plain sight” is a good one for this piece. The woman working was achieved by adding a piece of transparent circle paper from Dick Blick over the image. With that said, did you see the eye and bridge of the nose of the person just to the left of the circle? Definitely hidden but in plain sight. :-)
I recently had a discussion with a friend who was quite surprised at how I work. He has this idea that one starts with a theme and then creates around that theme. That is not how I usually work. I usually work with the piece dictating or telling me where to go next.. As you know I was intrigued by the blue color in the crevices of snow and started there this time, but perhaps the only theme I had was observation or sight or eyes in this miniature book. I still held firm to my way of creating and letting the piece tell me what to do next. I would say most non-artists do not understand this type of intuitive thinking. I suppose there are many artists who do not work this way either. That is OK. Whatever works for whomever is doing the creating is just fine.
I have always liked red in a work. It makes everything pop. I suppose some might say that the red and the eye are fighting each other. I would say that my eyes keep going back and forth between the two and thus there is movement in the piece.
We are all so smart when we use twenty-twenty hindsight. Thank goodness we can use that hindsight knowledge in the future to help make decisions. Isn’t that what learning from experience is all about? Unfortunately that doesn’t always work with humans. We continue to make the same mistakes over and over, not learning from history.
My friend, Jacki, wrote in a comment that her aunt use to say “You are a sight” whenever Jacki visited. I image the aunt shorten it from, “You are a sight for sore eyes.” Perhaps these sayings are shorten because of local custom from the original.
I like the simplicity of this series of collages, this being a collage of four elements plus the background paint.
The journal is 2 x 2.5 when closed. I have been working in miniature books for some time now. I really like the challenge. I like how the eyes have been torn off but the paper that is there where the eyes should be provide abstract eyes. I like how soft the blues are just like the blue in the snow.
Living in the mountains with snow to my waist for several months provided time to see things that I had not experienced much. I am talking about the color blue in the snow, the crevasses and indentations and sinks where the light changes the snow from white to blue. It is fascinating. So I decided to do a journal using the colors that I saw. Also the 25 collages in this journal needed to share sight represented by eyes somewhere in the collage. That led me to wonder how many phrases I could find that used sight in the phrase. Lots! This one has “Not a Pretty Sight.”
I enjoyed making this series and will need to create some more of these APCs in the future. This is the last card of the series. Gosh, I do not have anything in line for the next posting. I guess I had best get busy today. :-)
I am so into how the written French language appears. For me there is something romantic about it. Yes, I know it is called one of the Romance languages. Yes, I know that the French are famous for love. After all Paris is most likely the most romantic city in the world. It just looks amazing.
Snippets of life! That is what photographs are and how lucky we are to have them available to us. Perhaps that is why I like the work by Eadweard Muybridge so much. Remember him? He did rapid photographs of human movement. The photo of the horse race is pretty amazing to me. It is a moment in time that one can never recreate exactly. Yes, you could have something similar but never that particular snippet in time.
The generator is working great now that the repairman fixed it on Monday. It took him four hours and it was really expensive for my landlord. Since the cabins are remote it was $400 times two just to come out to the location. The first time was to check it out and the second time to do the actual work. The total bill was over $2000.00. Yikes! I guess that is one cost of living off grid in the mountains.
As far as APC no. 8 is concerned…..I like individual parts of it but I am not sure about how those parts make the total composition.
I like making mathematical connections in art. For instance the three gentlemen make a triangle. There is an odd, even, odd, even pattern with the elements. There is also a thick, thinner, thin, a bit wider and so forth dimension to the six elements in this piece.
I showed this APC to a friend and he did not see the silhouette of the man until he read “homme” and then put it all together. I like that it might not be obvious that there is a silhouette or that one has to spend some time figuring out what is going on.
I love finding and using something that came from a larger composition and cropping it to reuse in an unintended way, The generator has been fixed at the cabin. Yeah! It was expensive getting a repairman to come all the way up into the mountains but he did a fantastic job. Yeah for off-grid living. :-)
The layering certainly gives depth in this ATC. It is almost as if the cow is onstage coming out to greet its audience. I like that the colorful stripes break the card giving it interest other than the cow.