Saturday, October 11, 2008

the Red Art Project 2008 - a WIP

Last weekend I when I visited Sabii Wabii (a.k.a. Tarisa) at Running with Scissors, she had posted about the Red Art Project.

Don't ask me why I didn't stop and think first, but I signed up to submit something that fits within the following guidelines:

The Theme is RED...somewhere there needs to be the color red.
Other themes need to be encompassing any area of the arts and/or the image of an umbrella somewhere in the piece.
Create a piece of art: Textile, fine, doll, sculpture, jewelry, etc.
It can be two or three dimensional work.
The size needs to be no larger than 18"x18".

So, what did I end up deciding to do? A canvas that's 18"x18" ... seriously, WHAT was I THINKING?!? My brain pictured something that I hoped my hands could reproduce ... it starts with a collage of some fine art pieces, a little music, some ballet slippers here and there (printed on 30 lb high gloss paper) all modge podged to the canvas:

Next I added some textile (simple way of saying bits and pieces of random fabric & a bitty crocheted piece). I really like the different textures that are starting to happen with the piece:


Last night
I cut out the shape of an umbrella and used it as a reverse stencil sponging around the image in cadmium red - with the exception of the almost central umbrella, the umbrellas spiral outward:


That's where I am at ... next up I have some copper and bronze paint that I am thinking I'd like to sponge over the red paint (I am just not 100% sure, yet) - part of me want to keep the backgound images somewhat visible through the paint & part of me wants only to let the background show through within the umbrella shapes ... decisions, decisions ... and then there's this overthinking me that's been rearing it's silly little head ... it's wondering if my literal take on the guidelines is going to be seen as just too literal. It's a good thing there's a deadline to contend with or my second guessing nature would surely get the best of me!

OH! and if you are wondering, YOU can be a part of this project. Click on the picture at the top of this post for more details (or right HERE).

Also, you can click on any of my project photo's to see larger versions.

11 comments:

daydreamstudios said...

I feel your pain...lol That is why I never sign up for anything until it is complete! :-) I like where your going with it though if that makes you feel better.
K

cindy said...

But the end results are so amazing! Love what you have done so far!

c

KathrynAntyr said...

The looks great! I love the red stenciling with the images peeking through.

I have the next Soul Journey posted. Swing by - you'll see a special thank you to you!

xoxo k

Cookie Sunshine said...

I love what you've done here. I also like what Karla said about never signing up for something until it's complete. Why didn't I ever think of that? Great idea.

Thanks for participating in my Princess Pink Giveaway. I am going to post your link in my side bar now.

Hugs,
Donna

Chris said...

You are SO nice to leave such cool comments today.

Well, I am working on the blog party pieces, myself and I'm SO busy I haven't had time enough for proper blog surfing or updating mine with new photos yet, but I wanted to take a moment and tell you that last night I was looking at this canvas and loving it. Amazing. I love umbrellas, too. Rock on.

Marilyn said...

What a great technique and how nice of you to show what you're doing step by step! I love it!

grrl+dog said...

Oh I am smiling... Maybe we work best under pressure.. the piece is evolving right before my eyes! You go grrl!!

Kate said...

Oooohhh, I like your red piece! Very nice, and it looks like it was fun to do.

Kate

As Seen Through My Eyes.... said...

Oh...I love...loved your red umbrellas...but I know how you feel cause I'm right there with you with my red project. It was sooo cool in my mind....but in reality, it just isn't cutting it!

Thanks for the tag. Now I'm completely thrown over the edge because I don't know how to "link" , in my post, to people's blog. So this will take me a day or two to try and figure out.....but it's fun!

Doe Grozs Art said...

I came back to copy the rules :-) and I thought, it might be cool to cover up the background more to make those cool umbrellas pop, but I think you did that already... ok, now I'm going to go play 'tag!
Doreen

A COLLAGE A DAY said...

i love the build up of imagery in your work!

r.