Passions of an Odd Chick

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tearing It Up

"Deep inside, I think drawing and writing help me remain whole in a world that feels so broken apart" - Rick Beerhorst

You're looking at a small art sketch that totally resonates with me and it's mine. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone....especially me, but it does. I practiced a technique I learned last summer in an art class in Cloudcroft. You randomly tear up pages in magazines and then put them back together in a composition that pleases you. This happened to be a very reflective glass and a flower.You then tape everything together and then frame it with small pieces of straight paper. And then paint what you see.

Tearing it up and then putting it all back together again. Taping over the gaps. Re-framing. Taking something destroyed and creating something new. And just like the pages of my art journal, everyday we have a new chance to make something... better.. out of what we had before.

And still, sometimes, I'm self-limiting by my own need to control. What happens to this image when I let go and get messy with it? When I goo-ify it, soften the lines, add circles and smudges? And let the grays go to a beautiful turquoise?
Only endless possibilities.
I'm a possibilitarian.
WOW- that was a blast!


Karin said...

that's really cool! And a great exercise to just let go and play. I love the results you created!

Michelle said... it!

redchair said...

You are a 'possibilitarian!' This is really pretty.

Kimmie said...

Wonderful wonderful results .... and what a cool project .... maybe I'll have a try .... I wish I could be in that art class!

linda said...

wow, that's amazing how you did that!! at first i thought this was a sketch but it didn't exactly look like "you" so then i reread it a few times and realized what you were saying...oy, these brain meds are killing me..!!

anyway, this is beautiful and then when you did whatever you did to make it the last image, it's fantastic! I love it and would hang it in my would be lovely framed and matted.

also, thank you for your heart warming comment on my blog are a sweetheart!

Odd Chick said...

It's funny that you thought this image didn't look like me.. and I thought the same thing when I finished -where did that come from??? it was such a profound feeling that I was almost nauseated... yes, a strange reaction...but I realized it was SO ME that it actually touched something deep within me.. this may not make sense to anyone but I'm curious if it has ever happened to another artist and other reasons as to why it happened

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Barb Hartsook said...

Oh! I love it from the paintings to the story! Powerful, all of it. You have inspired me to keep writing... and of course, you send me to the art table as well. Thank you!

I especially relate to your title -- Possibilitarian. :)

Sacredartist said...

When I first opened your blog and saw this picture I thought what a cool mural in her living room. I don't know what kicked into my head that I was looking at a wall...but I think it is funny when we find that our first impressions are wrong but also surprisingly fresh and innocent.

Thanks for visiting my web page.
I have enjoyed your art and quotes. Especially about Faith and Courage and practicing them.

Robert A Vollrath said...

Super Fantastic!

Steve Emery said...

I like this - and the idea is intriguing. It feels a bit like how I create my paintings - bits of this and that all piled on until something new emerges, and then I paint it.

Beautiful image - with and without the cool distortion.

The Victorious place said...

What a lovely peice of work. Very beautiful.