Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Something New

I am starting to work out some ideas for a call for Artists that has just been released by Liberty Town Gallery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. SO, last evening, with this in mind, I started messing around. I dragged out paper bits, a canvas that I bought ages ago, some of my acrylic paints and the gel medium. I started by tearing up pages of all kinds of text into small rectangles roughly the same size. Then I sketched out a basic plan right on the canvas and started applying the text swatches with the gel medium. I wanted a linear background so I cut up strips in various widths from a very old book of maps and pasted them down as well. This call for art is titled "A Feast For The Eyes" and is meant to be anything about food. I have had a very hard time getting a decent pear this year, you know the kind that I mean; good flavor, nice texture and juicy!!! Every one that I have tried has been grainy and dry- YUCK! I love the shape of the pear and I have been seeing the shape all over the place. You might say that I have developed pears on the brain. So I decided that the collage was going to be about pears. I ripped out pages from an old cookbook with recipes and or instructions about choosing pears and preparing pears.
Here is a picture of my first stopping point. (shown sideways thanks to Blogger-GRRRRR!!!)

Then I began to work on the pears themselves and stopped again.

Well this is ok, but It needed more. So I wnet at it with a charcoal pencil.

Better, better, still not sure that it is done.

Here is a detail shot.

I need to let this be for a bit and visit it every once in awhile and see what it tells me. I had fun with this and I am planning to work on some more, maybe I will look at some other fruits!!

iIwould love to know what you think amd any suggestions about what the collage needs would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks for your input!!



Talking Horses Arts said...

The side ways one looks like a bird..lol. Love pears...really love the colors you used!

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Elizabeth! I LOVE the idea of using text in your images, as areas of high lights!!! SO very clever... and thank you for your suggestion re: the drawer for completed cards, saved for next year... now THAT is a great idea! Thank you so much for stopping by my site and especially for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. All my best!

ariel freeman said...

Great start. I like your simple shapes and composition, and beginning layers of texture. One of the things that makes your work so interesting and so you, is the layers and layers you put into it. The details are like "eye candy" and looking closer, you can always find something new you hadn't seen before. I can't wait to see what develops.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I like seeing the text, like in the detail shot of the pears. What do you think about adding more of that textural text (!) in other places??? Just a possibility. Trust your process--you are really on to something here. I love the forms you created with your collage. Isn't it amazing what a little patience bring to our work? Just letting things percolate does help you see where you should go next.

Judy said...

All I can say is "WOW"! I love what you are doing. Will you incorporate more text on your pears? You have done a great job. The colors are very nice!


jewelrygirl said...

Those are great Elizabeth. Simple is good for me right now! My brain thinks that is just fine right now.

I like it!

Pat Winter said...

I love the words on the pears! Very nice.


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