And Now For Something Completely Different

Isn’t it wonderful when a new piece of art work completely surprises you? When you step back and say “Huh?”

I admit that using “Huh” does nothing to elevate my thought processes, but it is more honest than saying I stepped back and said: “My stars, this piece is definitely an example of using imagery in my work that represents a major psychic shift, which I shall now take several hours to inscribe in my journal, after which I shall develop a dozen sketches furthering this theme to see where it leads me, followed by a thorough analysis of all that data so I can compose a new schema to inform how I approach making my art in the immediate future.”

Enough hyperbole: I have been doing a few gesture drawings of faces and figures lately. I am not a portrait painter, but using gesture drawings is a fun and effective way of bringing the face and human figure into your work, especially if you abstract it. I decided to use one in a piece that had stalled on me: I just didn’t know where to go next. Then I added the face (I ripped it in half, and the one side morphed into a different face altogether). The piece began to flow for me again. Here are the results:

Gesture drawing of young male

Gesture drawing of young male




About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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3 Responses to And Now For Something Completely Different

  1. Tammy Vitale says:

    well, there’s a great idea – rip up the stuff that isn’t working! That will also help me think in terms of collage which I’m trying to get to but don’t have the skills set for yet, or the eyes to “pre” see how to get where I want to go. Love the crows in there. Am big into crows these days.

  2. arlee says:

    I had forgotten that the human face is never symmetrical—great reminder!
    I like this piece as i wonder are they hiding or emerging?

  3. carolwiebe says:

    Yes, Tammy, I can’t seem to stop the crows from flying into and out of almost everything I’m doing. And Arlee, I love that question: “Are they hiding or emerging?” There are often things/issues in our lives that we are avoiding and pursuing at the same time. The ambivalence factor.

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