I'm still doodling a lot in Inkist and still enamored with all the possibilities. I did remember to save some process shots of this most recent sketch so I thought it would be fun to share a bit of it's evolution with you.
created in Inkist for iPad, July 2013
I started out by making lots of random marks, just playing with the tools and layers. My work of late tends to have very bold color schemes so for this one I decided to try to stay with more muted tones.
The wheel-like shapes appeared right away but the right side of the piece went through several transformations. What began as a leaf form morphed repeatedly.
The headless plant thing below is a crack-up. I wasn't really paying attention to content so much. At this stage I was mainly just playing with texture.
The black and red splothches showed up by mistake but since they added so much contrast and interest I decided to work them in.
I considered developing the man in the moon form that is just to the left of the plant, but decided against it. Instead the plant finally got a bloom to finish it off...another wheel shape to echo the others.
The partial sphere that turned up in the lower right hand corner furnished an idea for unifying the rest of the painting.
Layers of yellow squiggles and red tones in the background helped tie everything together. And that's where I came to rest. The piece is called Ascending, as the flower seems to be floating up and away. There's not even a shadow to anchor it. Looking at it sort-of gives me that feeling I have in flying dreams when there is no gravity to hold me down. I so love those dreams.
I've always had a hard time staying as abstract and non-objective as I'd like to be. In life I tend to view things in a literal way and my art follows suit. I'd like to stretch a bit...get more comfortable with a little mystery and leave more room for questions and interpretation.
Have you ever tried to move your art in a specific direction or does it carry you along the path of it's choosing? Are you currently working toward a specific goal? I'd love to hear about it!
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