Monday, March 10, 2014

Symmetry is Not My Friend!

 Oh my, I'm embarrassed to admit how many hours I spent on the painting above, working, and reworking, and reworking, and reworking again.  There are so many layers of paint on there, it's not even funny!
As I was agonizing over it, I couldn't decide why I was having such a hard time with it, until I realized- it's symmetrical.  I don't ever work symmetrically, and it just seemed to be lacking any spontaneousness or any movement.  But I was too far in to change the basic structure of the painting, so I kept trying.
In the end, I added these large scallops on the sides, and was finally satisfied enough to call it quits.  I'm okay with the finished product, but I definitely don't think I'll be trying a symmetrical painting again anytime soon!
This piece, on the other hand, I'm very pleased with!  Notice how Asymmetrical it is!
I found this vintage ship illustration, and was really taken by the colors and lines in it.
I always love including vintage illustrations in my collage paintings, especially of little children.
  And  gotta throw in some fun doodles as well!
So that's what I've been working on lately.  I still have intentions to start selling prints of my paintings, but haven't yet been able to figure out the printing end of the process.  Hopefully soon!!