I. VERTICAL ELEMENTS AND HORIZONTAL ELEMENTS
3-2-1Painted papers collaged. My eye does go to the focal point at the bottom as intended. But the strips as a secondary element compete too much with the focal point I think the strips of yellow and green should have been narrower and the color diluted so as not to dominate so much. Had this been done, the background with it’s subtle coloring also would have been more interesting and supported the focal point better.
- BRIGHT SPOT OF COLOR AGAINST A DULLER BACKGROUND
3-2-2- Painted papers collaged and painted in cuneiform design. This piece has a lot going on with layers of paint and imagery, all of which individually are interesting to look at. But without the bright splash of red I wouldnt have had some place to come back to occasionally to get my breath.
3-3-3- I’ve been playing with making backgrounds out of abstracted calligraphy text. For every piece I developed I used the same words: THE ESKIMOS HAVE NO WORD FOR WAR. The words do get intentionally lost as I keep overlaying them. I then went with with complementary colors and pencilled in some of the areas and developed a large black focal point .
- VARIATIONS IN SIZE OF LIKE ELEMENTS
3-3-4 I’m including an old stitch piece with two fairly alike elements in subtly different sizes where the larger element with some added silver serves as the focal point and the smaller element is secondary . The background was developed with the pulled thread technique with circles added.
IV. ABSTRACT ELEMENTS VS. RECOGNIZABLE ELEMENTS
3-3-5Again, I used a background of abstract text and painted over it with quin gold acrylic paint. Then collaged part of a Varo painting to develop a focal point. While the piece overall is pretty busy, the rectangular pointed shapes do help tobalance the busy text. And the more solid black areas in the text help take my eye around to the focal point Varo female character.
3-3-6 Background prepared paper with elements collaged. This background again isvery layeredwith paint and imagery. I like the color chosen for the idea of isolation, but my eye keeps going back and forth between the group of 3 and the single item, so I dont think the single isolated element was necessarily successful. Perhaps if I hadn’t made the 3 elements larger than the single element? Or if I’d made these elements squares instead of rectangles to repeat the square element in the background. I thought about trying each of these options by taking the existing focal point off, but it scraped off some of the under paint so I’ll just leave it.
- PLACEMENT CENTRAL
3-3-7 Painted background paper. I used some blue calligraphy text to cutamorphous forms surrounding the circular forms. Again, a fairly busy piece, but my eye does go to the circles. I think I’ll try toning the amorphous shapes down so as secondary elements, they dont compete so much with the focal point.
3-3-8 Above with some zinc white water color added.
3-3-9 This is an older large piece of my anti-war series which when I made it I was unaware or unconsciously thinking of the type of focal point used. Now I know.
- PLACEMENT OFF CENTER
3-3-10 Fairly simply developed. Painted background paper with owl as a focal point collaged on. I then used a green pencil to connect some of the green parts in the busy background and have them point to the owl.
3-3-11 Again, luckily simple. A painted paper background which I did nothing to as I saw that the green leaf forms were the focal point....where my eye goes first. The orange similar motif is more muted and adds to the repetition. The movement of the brush strokes helps carry the eye around the piece.
3-3-12 NO MORE WAR. This is a paper lamination I made last year. As I made it, I was not thinking of the idea of repetition. But this has repetition all over the place. Each horizontal line is repeated. But the one with NO MORE WAR text is a very different type of image and so acts as the focal point.
- ABSENCE OF FOCAL POINT
3-3-13 ALL LIVES MATTER This is a stitched piece using the pulled thread technique. While there is no one focal point, I think the background and stitched lines complement each other nicely.