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Working Every Angle: week 3's painting


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Sometimes inspiration takes time to come together.  Like the Clyfford Stills paintings in the SFMoMa permanent collection that I've been mulling over in my mind for years...

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His paintings look like zoomed in, immediate, detail shots of fabric- maybe Ikat or Kilim. His paintings have haunted me for years.

THEN, one day, I saw this article about Melissa Cody during her December 2012 Artist in Residency at the DeYoung...

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Melissa studied the museum's permanent collection of germantown revival style Navajo textiles as inspiration for her own museum project. This photo of Melissa looking up close at the textile made a light bulb go off. The rug is loaded with layers of color and pattern- that's just my style. And she's looking deep into the weave of the pattern to see how the threads meet each other- that reminded me of Clyfford Still's paintings...

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I dug through the internet for Navajo style patterns and colors then set about recreating the diamond shape we so often associate with Navajo style.

I cut out the pattern in three stencils and began layering them on my canvas with bright colors and a close up feel.

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Given more time, I'd like to sand this piece once it's completely dry and maybe add a triangle detail or change the background color.

But I'm liking the idea of moving forward without time to over-think, over-paint, OR over-edit my work. I'm sure you'll see more of this pattern, during my 6 month challenge, partly because I love the shapes and can see one of my florals motif's coming out of it, and partly because I spent the better part of a day just creating and cutting the stencils. There may even be a new pillow pattern emerging here...

I hope you're keeping up with your challenge (resolution) and feeling yourself changing as you raise the bar and add more color to your life!

 

 


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