As promised, above is the photo (there is some glare coming in from the right). This piece is made from two 12x6in plywood boards, glued together. The top board was cut into two pieces, and sandwiched between those pieces is watercolor paper covered in acrylic mediums, newspaper spitballs, and styrofoam pellets. The effect is a sort of recessed area filled with texture, as you can see in the detail pic to the left. Once all that stuff dried, I painted it in layers of transparent green, blue, brown and white.
As for a title; well, I’m calling it “Embryonic” only because its the first of what’s right now a concept still in development.
I say it is crap because the composition and the colors don’t quite achieve the sense of harmony and balance that is integral to my concept. That’s okay. This is my first piece, a practice piece, and experimental piece. “Perfection” was not required.
Now is time to put it aside and start a new piece. Theoretically, as I work on this series, the problems in composition and design will come to resolution.
On a more positive note, I enjoyed working on this. The process in making it was complex enough to appeal to my jeweler’s sensibilities, and yet simple and quick enough to satisfy my inherent laziness. As any working artist will tell you, the process of creating is more important than the result of that process. With this new concept of mine, that is true–and whats more, I feel an enthusiasm, an excitement, and a pervading sense of freedom in discovering a process and a concept that works for me.
If you were to ask how I finally broke through that creative block, my reply is that I finally let my mind approach Painting as if it were Jewelry: a piece that must be cut, shaped, put together, surfaced, and polished. Once I realized that, all the ideas I had in regards to individual jewelery pieces and individual paintings came together. Where it will go from here, I cannot say. But, wherever the journey takes me, I will be happy to walk that path.