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    Apr042007

    Found Art Tuesday April 3 2007: GREEN

    green.jpgSo this is the way I work: I start with the general idea of the colors I'm going to use, I gather the materials I think I'll need, and then start gluing papers and brushing color down, maybe some paint splashing too, when the background feels good I then start with the details, and by now my inner critic is gone, I'm loose, I have the music going, the ideas have been flowing, the papers have been talking between themselves, and I'm just helping them go the place they want to go. I'm not really consciously deciding anymore, I'm doing. And I don't mean, just putting things together just any way they happen to lay, but actually working with the materials so they become more than before, a message, something more refined. This is where my unconscious unleashes and plays, and this is why things end up so different than the initial intention. A good different. I started thinking of green as vegetation, spring, a city in need of oxygen (that's why I used a map), trees (the circles) it was going to be, I thought, a botanical piece somehow. But then in the middle of painting the background, I remembered my daughter saying to me a day before, for no reason, "green means go" I guess she was learning about stop lights at preschool. I thought of this while I was gluing the tag down. Green means go. As in "Wake up, move, open your eyes, and just start going" Turn on your green lights, eyes, my daughter's eyes... The green lights are just a smile away...

    Watercolor paper is specially good for making this kind of collage, it absorbs the paint and the acrylic medium so well that it doesn't bubble up or bends and it can take a few layers of paint and then some! the thicker the paper, the more rigid it'll all be. I love watercolor paper. I used to believe you could not disrespect watercolor paper with anything other than really delicate watercolors, not even pencil would be ok, you needed to RESPECT the paper. It needed to show through the watercolor paint, there had to be a few spots left untouched, maybe a piece of the sky, or a shiny spot in the apple. That was back when I was still timid around white expensive pieces of paper, what if I ruined it?. I have lost respect for watercolor paper in that sense. I know she can do so much more, she can take a beating or two, absorb water and glue, even spilled coffee tea. And she likes it a little rough, it's ok, she can take it.

    Please visit Pacha and her contribution for this week: The Full Price

    More links coming as soon as explorer and blogger decide to cooperate!

    Reader Comments (3)

    I am in love with this, it is so beautiful.

    For what it is worth, my contribution can be found <a href="http://yiduiqie.livejournal.com/13170.html">here</a>.
    April 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPen
    This is beautiful! I love the quote, too.
    April 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commentertinker
    Oh, Rosa, you ARE here...my Bloglines wasn't picking up your feeds for some reason...and I thought you'd gone away (on a trip). ;) I was away...so I'm here to catch up. Your green piece is BEAUTIFUL.
    April 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

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