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left to right: 'shift no. 20' in progress

odd, how the process of making art can throw you for a loop. many times i find myself struggling with compositions, frustrated that i can't find just the right puzzle piece to make it truly sing. other times i practically throw pieces together, as if they're divine gifts from my subconscious. but, more often than not my insecure side kicks in, spending countless hours second guessing, adding and subtracting, only to come back to my original design.

i've been toying with the above piece for about a week now. taking many digital photographs along the way to inspect when i'm out of the studio. i usually look at these images right after i wake up, when my mind is uncluttered and barely free of slumber. i've found morning to be the best time of day to contemplate just about everything in life, no matter how colossal or mundane.

today i turned the above piece on its side and finally had that eureka moment. the one all artists dream of, where that voice in the bottom of your gut confidently rises, clears its throat and declares, 'now THAT fits!' funny, how i spent all my time making the image on the right, only to find out i liked the image on the left better. next step is measuring/cutting a board/frame and assembling it all. and then who knows where this piece will go?

i'll just have to sleep on it.


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Nov. 26th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
these remind me of roy dowell? do you know him, an l.a. artist. although i have to say i like your work better. he seems to keep doing the same thing over and over without challenging himself. however he does teach well, i took a workshop with him a few years ago in colorado.

i do exactly the same thing, sit and arrange and rearrange FOREVER. i'll end up with the simplest but perfect composition (HOHO or so in my mind...) and can't believe i spent so much time coming to that.

interesting, so you compose the piece first and then prepare a base? but you already have a size in mind?
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
i know of roy dowell.....saw one of his recent retrospectives......and it's a great compliment you would compare my art to his. thank you.

scale rarely predetermines my work. i normally start with a composition and build a base and frame to accommodate it. although, i'm not opposed to having one set size and making collages to fit that parameter either.....

Nov. 26th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
oh yay i'm glad you know of him, didn't want you to think i was just comparing your work to any old lame person. i do have to admit that i'd LOVE to see a retrospect of his work. was it a good exhibit?
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
oh, deary pie.....it was BUTTERY!!! and that's my favorite adjective!!!! it must've been a couple years back in a hollywood gallery, can't remember which.

unfortunately...i took multiple photos and was hoping to archive it on this journal, but for some reason my camera ate the pictures. i remember trying to focus on his work and discern just what was paper and what was paint....he seemed to blur the two quite masterfully.

you're lucky to have gleaned a bit from him....he's genius.
Nov. 26th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
oh!!!!! see i figured there was much more there, all i've seen is the work he is more known for, the billboard collages mainly. i'd love to see work from various timeframes.

heh love "buttery," it was spectacular because it was an all-day 2 week class at anderson ranch arts center in snowmass, colorado. beautiful place, i highly recommend it. i got a full scholarship which is why i was able to go. there were only about 10 in the class so it was fab.

i feel i've been a bit lucky with some of the artists that i've met. he's one of my more famous ones, along with mariam shapiro (lovely woman, i was a print assistant for her on one project), annie leibovitz (she was our commencement speaker for graduation and spent some time with us - small art school), fritz scholder (margaritas in a small group! he told us many stories about hanging out with warhol and gang in new york), malaquias montoya (famous bay area muralist, worked on a project with him).

lol i seriously wouldn't know more than a couple of actors/actresses/models if i crossed paths with them, but artists, woot i'm all over that.
Nov. 26th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Mmm, yummy blue...

Very nice b

Nov. 26th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
that's not blue frosting, don't lick it!!!!!!! :0

thanks ot.....
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