Adding Contrast

Improvement in art making. What an idea. It really comes down to being able to express what you intended to express – in my case visually. So, I’m going to work on a few aspects and post the trials (and successes and fails).

Contrast. That’s one of those cool words that artists use to explain their works and sometimes their process. Defined in Google: “the state of being strikingly different from something else in juxtaposition or close association.”the day began cold and blustery, in contrast to almost two weeks of uninterrupted sunshine””

well, I don’t know about bluster or uninterrupted sunshine in regard to these recent examples. But if you’ve been watching my past posts, these are quite strikingly different. I didn’t think I’d like concentrating on shapes. Then, these came out of the brushes! I’m not sure what to make of them, but I like them.

They are a series. I am a believer in working in series. As others have said and taught, you really do push yourself and get different, more risky results. I like that. Every brushstroke isn’t quite so precious.

I like how the big shapes contrast with the smaller ones. And the dark shapes with the light shapes. But now, stop. There are so many different ways to use contrast. This uses one, maybe two, or a few more.

Will I be able to do this again? I don’t really know. But more important to me, will I be able to replicate the energy, the interest? Was I too “in the zone” to remember what I was thinking, or not thinking? All I know is – it was in there (me and the brushes), so it’s still in there. And that means I can find it again – in some way.

Ok, I can pause on this. Think, reflect, breathe.

In gratitude.

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