Friday, May 21, 2010
What is it about changing substrates that can make the same processes and techniques feel totally different. I've been focused on mixed media journals for months now; I don't know if it's the cost factor or the functionality. Working on something 'usable' made it easy to experiment, dive in, without any worries about outcome. And the low cost made for a non-existent risk factor.
Making the leap to even a smallish canvas, one that cost more than half-dozen journals and has no purpose other than hanging on the wall, has proven to be a block. I've collaged and painted tons of smaller pieces - board, tins, oversized puzzle pieces - but this is my first 'large' canvas, though it's only 10 x 10.
My DH is the opposite, most of his works are at least 2' wide. I look at my little tubs of Golden acrylics, dimensional paints, media, packets of glitter, rub-ons... my painting supplies last such a long time, a single 4' x 4' canvas would put a major dent in my stash in no time.
For now I'm happy with 10" pieces and will move up to 12" soon with a show coming in mid August. The Grid Show at New Editions Gallery is scheduled to coincide with the World Equestrian Games and each artist is contributing 3 - 4 pieces that are a minimum of 12" square. This is good practice:)