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Friday, September 16, 2011

Unfolding Plans vs. Preparation

Here is an example of what happens when I don't thorougly plan a painting ahead of time.
     I loved the duo toned shadow under my own legs in a photo, and wanted to paint it. I wanted the legs to be substantial. I wondered what background might add to this and thought of a colloseum, you know something of visual weight.

I was bothered by the empty space on the lower left, and started wondering what, besides square pavers might fit into a square. I asked several people and got great input even though they weren't told what the squares were for. hehe.! I had to try the sink idea!


It was ok, I guess, but it put me in mind of bathing. I showed them the painting, and asked what they thought, and someone asked me it if went with my, "Theme."
"Theme." I quoted, "That would be a good thing to have!" I had no idea where I was going. I just wanted a painting of the shadow of the legs. I covered the sink and stared hoping something would mentally appear in that space. 




Someone suggested a water drain. I thought it appropriate. Surely this would be a good thing to have among pavers.....but it didn't work in my painting...


Sighs....I was "Back to Square One.".....
no..I covered this as well.




"Rats!" I thought. "I wish I'd had a theme to begin with!"......
There was my answer.

"Colluseum Rat"
16x20
Acrylic on Canvas


I figure, if I know where I'm going, enjoy the journey, but if I don't know where I'm going, enjoy the journey. hehe

tina jones







4 comments:

  1. Awesome, Tina! Isn't it wonderful how things just come to you? I like it! :-)

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  2. Elle, It is, and usually happens when I just let go. Life stuff there to me. smiles. Thanks!

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  3. It is *so* cool to get talked through your thought process like that!!

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  4. MarsulialMama,
    Thankyou, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm always interested in how others come to creative decisions and their painting processes too.
    thanks again, tina

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