Sue Y.

Reflections:  A Tale of Two Projects  

I enjoy writing, speaking in public, and many types of analytical work.  The notion of translating ideas into visual expression also has great appeal.  I like a challenge and any new learning that comes with it.  Right now I have a reasonable skill set, although there's always room for more.  The biggest problem comes in planning the composition of a piece.  It's hard to understand exactly what that is and how to achieve regarding visual work.  Could it be a decision on "content" with the rest falling into place?

Personal satisfaction should come before that of anyone else.  Sometimes, however, I feel the need for a "second eye" during the actual project making.  The first work shown is called "Interruption" and runs about 25" by 40."  The rocks and pathways were no problem.  Try as I might, I couldn't find a satisfactory placement for the long multicolored bars.  No amount of planning or reflection would solve the problem.  Finally I showed it to a friend who encouraged a more circular placement rather than the "X" I was using.  I took it home, worked on it, and was pleased.

Interruption

Interruption

Interruption detail

Interruption detail

The second set of pictures is a triptych called "The Three Seasons."  These were painted in a mixed media workshop where the teacher had supplies on hand and encourage everyone to do their "own thing."  Afterwards I selected three of twelve pieces for further embellishment in my own studio.  This included foiling, hand stitch, and mounting on a burlap canvas.  Each painted section is 10" by 10" on a 12" by 12" stretched canvas.  So far this is one of my favorite projects.  There was a freedom in the doing and time passed quickly.  It seemed more like fun than work, although both were involved.  Also I began to see the value of abstract work where some interpretation and thought is left to the viewer.

The Three Seasons

The Three Seasons

The Three Seasons detail

The Three Seasons detail