This week our class assignment for Working in a Series 1 was about line.
I decided to do some experimenting with color and pattern as it relates to line in my series. For my assignment this week I created 3 pieces, Vineyards 13, 14, and 15.
I think one of the aspects for this class that I have really enjoyed is allowing myself to ask the question, "What If?" What if I did this, what if I did that? My works have been fairly small for this class and I believe that has allowed me to explore a variety of things as I develop my series.
By not limiting myself to a handful of ideas and choices I have been able to figure out what I am most passionate about and what I am not.
For our assignment on Line, I applied my exploration to how the "stakes" in my pieces were rendered. I asked myself the following questions:
Here are the 3 pieces that I created this week: 12" x 18" (click on image to enlarge)
I am glad I went through this exercise. I learned in Vineyards 13 that I don't like the "chunky" look that I created in the stakes. I also am not fond of the horizontal lines and the way I broke up the linear motifs. This piece is very "rigid" to me.
In Vineyards 14 (aka the 'Wild Child") I think that this piece is difficult to look at. I broke the rule that I discussed last week in my value study. I used too much saturation and I believe that there is not a place for the eye to rest. This piece however was fun to create so that has to count for something.
In Vineyards 15..... UGHHH! I love the color black so I was curious to see what my stakes would look like dancing across a field of black. This piece is so oppressive to me. It does not convey the essence of what I want to create in this series of work. So with this piece, I can say, "Did it". Black has it's place in my compositions, just not this much black and in this particular application.
This coming week our assignment is on Repetition. I have come to the place where I know what I want to create for what I will call my first substantial piece in my Vineyard series. It will take me a little bit longer than a week to complete. This week I plan to sketch out a variety of ideas and begin selecting my palette and fabrics that I want to work with. I have a pretty clear idea of what this piece will be and what it won't be.
The last seven works that I created in my series have been a mixed bag of experimentation. I learned a lot about what I am passionate about and what I am not, and that is a good thing going forward. I am really excited to begin this next work, Vineyards 16. I am sad however that this is our last week in the class, Working in a Series 1. This has been such a great investment in dedication, time, energy, and creative endeavors. It has been an intensive 10 weeks of learning and exploring. I have learned so much from Lisa Call. Her class material is substantial, organized and delivered in a way that can help any artist move there work in new directions. I know that I will be interested in additional classes that she offers in the future. Taking a class in this format, online, is really a great option and conducive for learning and working in all things creative. I highly recommend Lisa and all that she has to offer.
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